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CHED STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (SSP) Basics


Besides learning institutions, the government is usually one of the best sources of financial assistance for poor yet deserving students.  In fact, certain departments have their names affixed to scholarship grants, making for easy sponsor identification.

Speaking of which, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has its own State Scholarship Program (henceforth referred to as the SSP) for worthy applicants.  Read on for more details.

Scholarship Details

1. Background:

Republic Act 4090 (aptly named the State Scholarship Law) CHED Order Number 23  are both responsible for bringing the SSP into being.  Basically, the program was designed to assist financially challenged, yet diligent students attend and complete certain priority courses at select higher education institutions (HEIs).

2. Qualifications:

Applicants may qualify for the SSP provided they meet the following criteria:

  • They are Filipino citizens.
  • They are about to attend their freshman year at college.
  • They belong to the top 10 of their senior year high school’s graduating class.
  • They intend to enroll in any of the priority courses at selected HEIs.
  • They are no older than 25 years old at the time of their application.
  • The combined gross annual income of their parents or legal guardians is no greater than 120,000 pesos.

For a list of participating HEIs, kindly refer to CHED’s listing on this webpage.

3. Required Documents:

The necessary paperwork is standard issue stuff.  It includes:

  • Written certification of the applicant’s senior year high school class ranking prepared by the principal of the applicant’s high school
  • Written certification of the applicant’s good moral character, again prepared by the same principal
  • The most recent BIR statement (income tax return) of the applicant’s parents or legal guardian (s)
  • Written certification of the applicant’s good health prepared by a licensed government physician
  • Recent 2 x 2 ID photos for the scholarship application form

4. Procedure:

Applying for the SSP is a pretty straightforward process.  Your first order of business is to obtain your application form from the CHED regional office (CHEDRO) nearest you.  Alternatively, you may also approach your high school principal and request for the application form from him or her.

Fill up the form completely and submit it to the CHEDRO in question.  Once that’s done, just wait for notification of the results. It’s that simple.

Benefits, Privileges and CHED Contact Details

The good news is that the SSP will cover the tuition of every successful applicant.  The bad news is that it doesn’t cover other school fees and miscellaneous fees.  Don’t fret, though:  scholars will also receive a book allowance amounting to 250 pesos and a stipend of 2,500 pesos on top of their tuition coverage.

Please note that the SSP details may change by the time you read this article, so it’s a good idea to check with the commission every so often for updates.  Should you have any questions about this scholarship program, feel free to contact the CHED people by e-mailing them at info@ched.gov.ph.

If you’d rather contact them via phone, here is a listing of all the phone numbers I was able to obtain:

  • (02) 441-0750
  • (02) 441-0879
  • (02) 441-0985
  • (02) 441-1030
  • (02) 441-1192
  • (02) 441-1224
  • (02) 441-1231
  • (02) 441-1254
  • (02) 441-1256-57
  • (02) 441-1369
  • (02) 441-1405
  • (02) 426 9865
  • (02) 441-0927
  • (02) 743-3220

Philippine College Scholarships: CHED-SSP

A wise person once told me that everything has its price, even if that price isn’t always shouldered by the person who‘s after the coveted thing.  Sometimes, the price involves money; other times, it involves working hard enough to become part of the cream of the crop, and enjoying all the privileges and benefits associated with that.

You are currently reading the fourth and final part of our CHED Financial Assistance series.  We conclude this mini-series with a closer look at CHED’s very own State Scholarship Program, otherwise known as the SSP.

Scholarship Details

1.  Background:  Like its fellow CHED grants, the SSP is a direct result of a republic act (also referred to as the State Scholarship Law or RA 4090) and a CHED Order (number 3).  Basically, it targets the top performers of a high school’s graduating class.  While it has many factors in common with the PESFA and SSGD, it only targets one specific year level.

2.  Qualifications:  All incoming college freshmen are eligible for the SSP so long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be ranked among the top ten students of their senior year high school class.
  • They must not already be recipients of any other grant or scholarship.
  • The gross annual income of their legal guardians or parents must be no higher than 120,000 pesos.
  • They must be enrolled in a CHED priority course (or at least they must plan to enroll in one) at CHED-selected public higher education institutions.  Please refer to this PDF file for a listing of such colleges.
  • They should be no older than twenty-five at the time of their loan application.

3.  Necessary Documents:  CHED will require the following paperwork from all applicants:

  • Written certification from the students’ high school principal attesting to their ranking in their senior year high school class
  • Written certification of the applicants’ good moral character, also accomplished by their high school principal
  • Written certification of the students’ good health, as attested to by a government doctor
  • The latest income tax return of their parents or legal guardians
  • 2 x 2 ID photos

4.  Application Process:  The general application process hasn’t changed for the SSP.  The first thing to do is to get an application form from either the CHED regional office (CHEDRO) nearest you or the office of your high school principal.  Fill the said form up completely, gather all the documents you need (as detailed above), submit everything to the CHEDRO and await the results.

Privileges and Contact Details

The SSP will help subsidize the scholars’ expenses in at least three ways:  tuition, book allowance (250 pesos) and a stipend (2,500 pesos).  Unfortunately, the SSP doesn’t cover school fees and miscellaneous fees.

If you have any questions about the SSP, feel free to e-mail CHED at info@ched.gov.ph.  If you have trouble contacting them that way, you may try calling them at (+632) 441-0750 or (+632) 441-1030.  Inquires about CHED regional offices go to Miss MJ of the Office of Student Services at (+632) 385-4388 or (+632) 441-1220.

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 info@ched.gov.ph.

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 info@ched.gov.ph.

Philippine College Scholarships: DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship

There are people and institutions out there that see a need and strive to meet it as best they can. One thing philanthropists do is to help train people with the potential for meeting that same need in the near future.

Not to be outdone by universities and private benefactors, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), together with the Science Education Institute (SEI) have come up with several ways of assisting deserving, financially challenged students. We’ll be focusing on one of them in this article: the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship (henceforth referred to as DOST-SEI MS).

Scholarship Details

1. Background: Formerly known as Project 5801, the DOST-SEI MS is the department’s regular scholarship program aimed at helping college freshmen enter into and complete specific baccalaureate degree programs of choice.

2. Qualifications: The criteria are as follows:

• Applicants must not have applied for an immigrant or resident status in any foreign country.
• They must not have previously taken any DOST-SEI Scholarship test prior to application.
• They should not have earned any units in any college course yet.
• They must be natural-born citizens of the Philippines.
• They should have good health and good moral character.
• They need to be a part of the upper 5% of their high school graduating class.
• They need to major in any of the relevant scholarship courses (Please go to this webpage for a list of DOST-SEI MS courses and the respective universities that offer them.).

3. Required Paperwork: The DOST will need the following documents:

• A birth certificate photocopy
• Form A – DOST-SEI Information Sheet
• Form C – health certificate accomplished by a licensed doctor
• Form D – Certificate of good moral character written by the applicants’ principal or guidance counselor
• Form E – written certification from the applicants’ high school principal indicating the following:
o The complete number of graduation candidates
o The applicants’ status of being in the top 5% of their graduating classes

• 2 ID pictures of 1 x 1 size, photographed no longer than a month before the application. One of the photos needs to be attached to the test permit, the other to the DOST-SEI Information Sheet.
• Form F – a statement from the applicants indicating that they’ve not taken any college courses yet
• Form G – statement from the applicants’ parent (s) indicating that the applicant has not applied as a resident or immigrant in any foreign country.
• Payment of the non-refundable 200 peso test fee

4. Application Process: The first thing to do is to obtain the application form at the Science Education Institute (Please see the address below.), any Provincial Science and Technology Center or any regional DOST office. Applicants must then fill it up completely and turn it in together with the other necessary documents to the office from whence it came.

They must also take and pass the science and technology aptitude test administered to them. Their performance on this test will serve as one of the major factors in the selection of the final list of scholars.

Scholar Privileges

Winning scholars will enjoy a host of subsidies and stipends. For one thing, the DOST will pay up to 4,500 pesos of the scholars’ tuition and school fees per semester or term Students will also receive a textbook/school supply allowance of 3,000 pesos per academic year and a one-time (for the first semester of the first year only), 500-peso grant for P.E./ROTC uniform. .

Group accident and health insurance is also on the list, coupled with a monthly living allowance for one academic year. The latter will depend on the nature of the students’ scholarship (special, partial or full).

This is how it works: special, partial and full scholarships yield 1825, 2150 and 4000-peso living allowances, respectively. Please note that these amounts only apply to those majoring in Physics-related courses. Students majoring in other courses will receive 1200 (special), 1400 (partial) and 3,000-peso (full) allowances instead.

These subsidies also apply to periods involving required summer classes, though in modified amounts. Specifically, the DOST will subsidize tuition and school fees up to 1,500 pesos, plus textbook and school supplies up to 500 pesos. Scholars will get monthly living allowances for the summer school period, too.

Finally, students attending college outside of their home province will enjoy a free, economy-class round trip for one between their home and their college. This will be made available on reimbursement basis.

Scholar Obligations

Obligations are pretty straightforward: in return for financial assistance, scholars must abide by the terms of the contract they enter into with the DOST-SEI. Basically, they need to maintain the minimum scholarship grade required.

The most important obligation comes after graduation: the students will be asked to serve the country (most preferably in their home region) in a manner relevant to their field of study. This is a full time vocation that will last at least as long as their time spent as DOST-SEI scholars.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the subject matter, it would be best to direct them toward the DOST-SEI folks themselves. They may be reached at (632) 837-1359 or (632) 839-0241. Facsimiles go to (632) 837-1924.

If you’d rather visit the Science Education Institute in person, feel free to drop by its office at the third floor of the PTRI building, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City.

Philippine College Scholarships: Science and Technology Scholarship (STS)

In another article, I discussed the Department of Science and Technology’s efforts to provide financial assistance to students via the Merit Scholarship. Thing is, the aforementioned scholarship isn’t the only grant available to would-be scientists.

Enter the Science and Technology Scholarship (henceforth referred to as STS). Like its counterpart, the purpose of the STS is to provide financial support for the scientists of tomorrow—though its focus is slightly different, as we shall see shortly.

Scholarship Details

1. Background: Republic Act 7687 (aka the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994) established the grant of the same name. Unlike its counterpart, the Merit Scholarship, the STS is skewed more toward engineering and technology-related science courses.

2. Qualifications: The STS targets financially challenged students; so applicants’ socio-economic status must be within the parameters established by the Scholarship Advisory Committee. They must also pass the Science and Technology Scholarship exam.

Furthermore, potential scholars need to be residents of their respective municipalities for the past four years. They also need to be in the top 5% of their high school’s graduating class, or a member of the graduating class of a science high school recognized by either the Department of Education or the Department of Science and Technology.

Last, but not least, applicants should be natural-born citizens of the Philippines possessing good health and good moral character.

On the flip side, candidates who have already taken college courses and earned units, or have taken the DOST-SEI Scholarship exam need not apply. Applicants who have applied for an immigrant or resident status abroad are also disqualified.

3. Necessary Documents: The required paperwork for the STS is a near mirror image of the Merit Scholarship’s list, with some minor adjustments here and there:

• A photocopy of your birth certificate
• A couple of ID pictures taken no later than a month prior to application, one of which goes to the test permit, the other to the DOST-SEI Information Sheet.
• Form A – the DOST-SEI Information Sheet
• Form B – Household Profile
• Form C – Health Certificate accomplished by a licensed doctor
• Form D – Certification of Applicants’ Good Moral Character as vouched for by the applicants’ principal or guidance counselor
• Forms E-1 or E-2 – Applicants’ high school principal’s statement with respect to the following:

o The total number of graduation candidates
o The applicants’ status as members of upper 5% of their secondary school’s graduating class OR
o The applicants’ status as members of the upper 5% of the graduating class of any science high school duly recognized by the DepEd or the DOST-SEI.

• Form F – Applicants’ written statement indicating that they’ve not previously taken any college courses or units
• Form G – Applicants’ parents’ statement indicating that applicants have not applied for resident or immigrant status in any foreign land
• Form H – Certification of Residency accomplished by applicants’ barangay captain

4. Application Process: While the STS may cater to intellectuals, the application process involved is actually a no-brainer.

Simply obtain application forms at the Science Education Institute (Kindly check the address below.), Provincial Science and Technology Centers, DOST Regional Offices or Offices of the Congressmen. Fill these up completely, and submit them along with all the other required documents to any of the above offices (with the exception of the Offices of the Congressmen).

The next step involves the DOST aptitude test. The better you do on it, the greater your chances of being included in the final list of scholars.

Scholar Privileges

The STS and the Merit Scholarship offer pretty much the same set of privileges for students. Chosen applicants will receive

• Group accident insurance and group health insurance
• Monthly living allowance good for 10-11 months. Students majoring in Physics-related courses will get 4,000 pesos a month, while those majoring in other courses will receive 3,000 pesos a month.
• Free economy-class, round trip airfare for one between the applicants’ homes and colleges of choice. This is only for those who will need to travel from the provinces, and is available on a reimbursement basis.
• A one-time (read: only for the first semester of the freshman year) 500-peso grant for the applicants’ P.E. and/or ROTC uniform (s)
• A 3,000-peso allowance (per academic year) for school supplies and textbooks.
• Subsidized school and tuition fees with a ceiling of 4,000 pesos per term or semester.

Please note that the monthly living allowance and the various subsidies also apply to required summer classes, only with modified rates. For instance, the ceiling on tuition and miscellaneous fees is 1,500 pesos, while the ceiling on school supplies and textbooks is 500 pesos.

Scholar Obligations

Being programs of the same department, it’s no wonder that the STS’ obligations are pretty much identical to that of the Merit Scholarship’s—namely, chosen scholars must comply with the terms of the scholarship contract. That includes enrolling in either CHED Centers of Development (or Excellence) or DOST-SEI accredited universities.

Other conditions include maintaining the STS’ grade requirements and serving the country after graduation. The latter has the graduates doing full time work relevant to their chosen field (most likely in their home region or region of origin) for a period of time at least as long as their time spent as DOST scholars.

Contact Details

It would be best to talk to the DOST-SEI folks to get your questions answered. Feel free to call them at (632) 837-1359 or (632) 839-0241. Facsimiles go to (632) 837-1924. Alternatively, those who prefer face-to-face inquiries may visit the Science Education Institute headquarters at the third floor of the PTRI building, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City.