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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].


Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-SSGD

Practically all scholarships out there are classified according to a dominant theme—be it specific courses, specific foundations or even specific grantee types.  There are grants out there, however, that are based on the area where the target recipient is based.

Welcome to part two of our CHED scholarship grant mini-series.  This time, we’ll be shining the spotlight on the Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts, otherwise known as the SSGD.

Scholarship Details

1. Background:  With several legal resolutions and orders as its bases, the CHED-SSGD specifically targets students from the Philippines’ 240 congressional districts.  Nevertheless, its basic thrust is the same as that of its contemporaries:  to provide financial assistance to underprivileged yet deserving students.

There is one important difference between the SSGD and the grant I discussed in the previous article, the PESFA:  scholars availing of the latter program are restricted to specific priority courses, while successful applicants of the former may enjoy its privileges with respect to any degree course.  Nevertheless, scholars can only apply for either program at CHED accredited Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

2. Qualifications:  Students are eligible for the SSGD if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be college students belonging to any year level.
  • They must be Filipino citizens.
  • They should be no older than thirty years of age at the time of their application.
  • They must not be recipients of any other form of scholarship grant at the time of their application.
  • The gross annual income of their parents or legal guardians cannot exceed 120,000 pesos.

3. Documents:  The SSGD’s necessary documents are generally similar to that of the PESFA’s, with some minor differences:

  • for freshmen only:  Form 138, aka your high school report card
  • for non-freshmen only:  a rating or report of your attendance during the previous semester
  • Your parents’ or legal guardians’ latest BIR income tax return
  • Your birth certificate
  • A certificate of good moral character
  • A certificate of medical fitness
  • A certificate of non-enjoyment of any type of scholarship grant
  • 2 x 2 ID photos for your application form.

4. Application Process:  To apply for the SSGD, just obtain a copy of the application form from the Office of the Representative of your Congressional District.  Fill up the form completely and submit it along with the other necessary documents to the CHED regional office nearest you.  After that, it’s simply a matter of waiting for that very same CHED office to notify you of your application results.

Scholar Privileges and Contact Details

As is the case with the PESFA scholarship program, the SSGD offers partial subsidization of tuition fees and other school-related fee of up to 1,000 pesos.  Unlike the PESFA, there appears to be no book stipend this time around.  Scholars, however, will receive a living allowance worth 1,500 pesos.

Currently, CHED only has its e-mail address posted on its official website, so if you’d like to clarify anything with them, feel free to send your queries to

Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-PESFA

A few articles back, I discussed a couple of government-sponsored scholarship grants offered by the Department of Science and Technology.  Thing is, the DOST isn’t the only government unit that provides financial assistance to financially challenged, yet deserving students.

This article will be the first entry in a multi-part series on the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED’s) scholarship grants.  The first grant on our plate will be the Private Education Student Financial Assistance Program (henceforth known as PESFA).

Scholarship Details

1. Background:  Republic Act 6728 and CHED Order Number 03 both helped establish the PESFA, a grant specifically directed at teachers and students in the private education sector.

For a listing of all accredited schools, please go here.  Kindly note that the list was last updated on October-November 2009.

2. Qualifications:  Incoming college freshmen are eligible for the PESFA if they meet the following requirements:

  • They are bona fide Filipino citizens.
  • They are no older than thirty years old at the time of their application.
  • The gross annual income of their guardians or parents does not exceed 120,000 pesos.
  • They are already enrolled in (or they’re at least intending to enroll in) any of the CHED priority courses at a CHED-accredited college.

3. Documents:  Applicants only need to present four simple documents:

    1. Form 138 (otherwise known as their high school report card)
    2. the latest BIR Income Tax Return form of their parents or guardians
    3. written certification of their good moral character as accomplished by their high school principal
    4. at least one recent 2 x 2 ID photo for the application form.

4. Application Process:  Applying for a slot in the PESFA program is also simple.  The first order of business is to check if your college is an accredited Higher Education Institution (HEI) authorized to administer the PESFA.  Please refer to this list or check with CHED (Kindly see below for the institution’s e-mail address).

Assuming it is, kindly secure an application form for the said program.  There are several ways of going about this.  For one thing, you may obtain a form from the Registrar’s Office of your accredited college.  You may also secure a copy of the said form from the CHED regional office nearest you.  Another alternative is to download the form from the CHED official website.

Regardless of how you get it, though, simply accomplish the form in full and submit it along with all the other necessary documents back to either the same Registrar’s Office which gave you the form or the accredited college of your choice.

Scholar Privileges and Contact Details

The PESFA provides a three-pronged system of benefits for chosen scholars.  First of all, the grant provides for a partial subsidization of tuition and other school-related fees of up to 4,500 pesos.  Second, scholars will also enjoy a 250-peso book allowance.  Finally, they will receive a stipend worth 2,500 pesos.

If you have any questions about the PESFA or any of CHED’s other scholarship grants, drop them a line at