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CHED Merit Scholarship versus DOST-SEI S&T Merit Scholarship

ched merit scholarship versus dost merit scholarshipThis post is our response to a question we received about choosing between the CHED Full-Merit Scholarship and the DOST-SEI Merit Science and Technology Scholarship. We thought we’d better turn it into a separate post for those who are also confused about which scholarship is better. This question is likely to crop up again and again since one cannot apply for a CHED scholarship if he or she has already accepted another government grant, of which the DOST-SEI S&T Scholarship is definitely one.

We will not answer the “which scholarship is better” question outright. What we’ll do instead is set one against the other in an easy-to-compare table so anybody reading this post will be able to determine which scholarship is better given his/her specific circumstances.

So here goes…

Explanatory notes:

  • The CHED Merit Scholarship has two versions: the Full-Merit and the Half-Merit.  The latter provides half the amount granted by the former.
  • The DOST Scholarship in this post pertains to the Merit Scholarship – not the RA7687 Science and Technology Scholarship.
  • Under the DOST Merit Science and Technology Scholarship


CHED Merit Scholarship DOST-SEI Science and Technology Merit Scholarship
Financial grant per semester

PhP 15,000.00 (Full-Merit)

PhP 7,500 (Half-Merit)

Up to PhP 6,000.00

Monthly Living Allowance
The monthly stipend amount varies depending on certain criteria (course and type of scholarship – whether full, partial or special).Monthly living allowance will continue during summer if summer classes are required in the curriculum
BS Geology/Mining Engineering/Physics/Applied Physics and Physics Teaching courses

PhP 5,000.00 (Full)

PhP 3,150.00 (Partial

PhP 2,825.00 (Special)


Other Priority S&T Courses

PhP 4,000.00 (Full)

PhP 2,400.00 (Partial)

PhP 2,200.00 (Special)

Book Allowance per AY
Allowance for prescribed books and essential school supplies

PhP 5,000.00

Summer Tuition
Only if summer studies are required in the curriculum

Up to PhP 1,500.00

Summer Book Allowance
Only if summer studies are required in the curriculum

Up to PhP 500.00

PE Uniform Grant
1st yr, 1st sem only

PhP 500.00

Transportation Allowance
One economy-class, roundtrip airfare ticket for those studying outside their home province; reimbursement basis only

Cost of the roundtrip airfare ticket

Post-graduation clothing allowance

PhP 1,000.00 (Full scholars only)

Group Health and Accident Insurance
Aside from the typical eligibility requirements which are discussed in other posts, the following are specific requirements that might be pivotal in your decision to choose one scholarship program over the other:
Scholarship Qualifying Exam Requirement None Science and Technology Scholarship Exam
Student must pass this exam to be eligible for a DOST-SEI Merit scholarship.
Higher Education Institution Restrictions None Students may enjoy the scholarship only in higher education institutions that DOST deems acceptable when it comes to DOST’s preferred S&T programs
Degree Program Restrictions None Students may enjoy the scholarship only if they take up one of the approved science and technology programs
Service Agreement None Scholars, after graduation, must render service for a length of time equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the DOST-SEI S&T Scholarship
Rank among members of the graduating class Must belong to the TOP 10 for full-merit Must belong to the TOP 5%
General Weighted Average requirement
The minimum acceptable general weighted average
National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) General Scholastic Aptitude(GSA) minimum rating
90% for full-merit85%  for half-merit
Annual Income
Parents’ or guardians’ maximum annual combined income
PhP 300,000.00
The maximum acceptable age



DOST-SEI. (2010). 2011 Science and technology Undergraduate Scholarships: Merit Scholarship Program [Brochure].