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An old friend of mine once quipped that the Information Age has changed the way we do a lot of things—from the way we pay our bills to the way we apply for a slot in a learning institution like the University of the Philippines..

Case in point: UP has a system in place called the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (henceforth known as the STFAP). The said program will be starting its online application process real soon. If you’ll be taking advantage of this, then are certain things you should know.

Important Dates

U.P.’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA) has been distributing printed application forms (UP STFAP Form AB-1) as early as last month. While the same office has already been accepting application submissions, the online application phase will only start this coming March 15, 2010. It’s recommended that you download and print out the forms, as the pre-printed ones will cost you five pesos each.

As far as deadlines go, March 30, 2010 is the cut-off date for processing of the first batch, the results of which will be released on April 30, 2010. Late applicants have July 30, 2010 as their submission deadline for the first semester.

The STFAP Online Application Process

Applying online is a relatively simple and painless procedure. Just go to this page, input your student number and PIN (both revealed in your Notice of Admission) and type in the required responses. Print out the form, sign it, and have your parents or guardian do the same. Have the form notarized and then either take it or mail it to the U.P. office of scholarships, along with any other necessary documents.

From thereon, the STFAP Processing Group will take care of collating everything and bracketing the applicants. The latter may then view the results on the STFAP website (the very same link above), print the bracketing form and take it with them for the assessment portion of the procedure.

The Bracketing System in Summary

If you’re new to the STFAP’s bracking system, here it is in a nutshell: U.P. will assign you to a certain bracket based on the information you provide about your family’s income, characteristics and other relevant details.

Each bracket carries its own benefit/fee range, ranging from you shouldering the whole gamut of fees to getting everything gratis (plus a stipend to boot). Basically, the better off you and your family are, the more you have to pay, and vice versa.

Bracketing System Nuances

Unlike the old system, the new system utilizes a predictive income function, and it’s one of the important factors in helping the university committee determine the applicants’ final bracket. In other words, students may request to be included in a certain bracket, but the new system and the information they provide may indicate otherwise.

If you don’t think you belong to a certain bracket, you can always appeal to the committee for re-bracketing care of your U.P. campus’ Office of Scholarships. It’s also important to note that the school will automatically assign you to brackets A or B if you choose not to apply for the STFAP.

For a quick overview of the different brackets, please consult the table below:

Bracket Family Income
per Annum Benefits
A Over 1,000,000 pesos Full cost fees for tuition, lab and miscellaneous fees
B 500,001 – 1,000,000 pesos Base tuition fees, full cost for everything else

C
250,000-500,001 pesos 40% discount on base tuition fee, full cost for everything else

D
135,001 – 250,000 70% discount on base tuition fee, full cost for everything else
E1 80,001 – 135,000 All fees are free

E2
Up to 80,000 All fees are free, plus applicant receives a standard stipend

Where to Go for Queries

Should you have any questions about the STFAP, feel free to inquire at the OSA of the U.P. branch nearest you. Here’s a quick listing:

An old friend of mine once quipped that the Information Age has changed the way we do a lot of things—from the way we pay our bills to the way we apply for a slot in a learning institution like the University of the Philippines..

Case in point:  UP has a system in place called the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (henceforth known as the STFAP).  The said program will be starting its online application process real soon.  If you’ll be taking advantage of this, then are certain things you should know.

Important Dates

U.P.’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA) has been distributing printed application forms (UP STFAP Form AB-1) as early as last month.  While the same office has already been accepting application submissions, the online application phase will only start this coming March 15, 2010.  It’s recommended that you download and print out the forms, as the pre-printed ones will cost you five pesos each.

As far as deadlines go, March 30, 2010 is the cut-off date for processing of the first batch, the results of which will be released on April 30, 2010.  Late applicants have July 30, 2010 as their submission deadline for the first semester.

The STFAP Online Application Process

Applying online is a relatively simple and painless procedure.  Just go to this page, input your student number and PIN (both revealed in your Notice of Admission) and type in the required responses.  Print out the form, sign it, and have your parents or guardian do the same.  Have the form notarized and then either take it or mail it to the U.P. office of scholarships, along with any other necessary documents.

From thereon, the STFAP Processing Group will take care of collating everything and bracketing the applicants.  The latter may then view the results on the STFAP website (the very same link above), print the bracketing form and take it with them for the assessment portion of the procedure.

The Bracketing System in Summary

If you’re new to the STFAP’s bracking system, here it is in a nutshell:  U.P. will assign you to a certain bracket based on the information you provide about your family’s income, characteristics and other relevant details.

Each bracket carries its own benefit/fee range, ranging from you shouldering the whole gamut of fees to getting everything gratis (plus a stipend to boot).  Basically, the better off you and your family are, the more you have to pay, and vice versa.

Bracketing System Nuances

Unlike the old system, the new system utilizes a predictive income function, and it’s one of the important factors in helping the university committee determine the applicants’ final bracket.  In other words, students may request to be included in a certain bracket, but the new system and the information they provide may indicate otherwise.

If you don’t think you belong to a certain bracket, you can always appeal to the committee for re-bracketing care of your U.P. campus’ Office of Scholarships.  It’s also important to note that the school will automatically assign you to brackets A or B if you choose not to apply for the STFAP.

For a quick overview of the different brackets, please consult the table below:

Bracket Family Income

per Annum

Benefits
A Over 1,000,000 pesos Full cost fees for tuition, lab and miscellaneous fees
B 500,001 – 1,000,000 pesos Base tuition fees, full cost for everything else

C

250,000-500,001 pesos

40% discount on base tuition fee, full cost for everything else

D

135,001 – 250,000

70% discount on base tuition fee, full cost for everything else
E1 80,001 – 135,000 All fees are free

E2

Up to 80,000

All fees are free, plus applicant receives a standard stipend

Where to Go for Queries

Should you have any questions about the STFAP, feel free to inquire at the OSA of the U.P. branch nearest you.  Here’s a quick listing:

U.P. Branch Location Contact Number
Diliman Diliman, Quezon City 928-7228
Manila Padre Faura, Manila 526-2274/ 525-4105
Los Banos Laguna 536-3212
Visayas Iloilo City 337-6582
Baguio Baguio City 446-5230
Mindanao Mintal, Davao City 293-0016 loc. 114

UP Survival Guide: STFAP Basics

Over many years of existence, the University of the Philippines system has become the institution for Filipinos from all walks of life who want a world-class education. For the less privileged, this often means getting into the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program or STFAP.

Known by its acronym or the moniker Iskolar ng Bayan Program, the STFAP aims to make a UP education more accessible to lower-income Filipinos. At the same time, the program tries to create a tuition fee structure that lets students pay only what they are able to afford. Ever since its establishment in SY 1989-1990, the STFAP has helped countless UP students finish their degrees in the university system.

Eligibility

The STFAP is open all Filipino citizens who’ll be enrolling in an undergraduate program within any campus. A bachelor’s degree in any program automatically disqualifies you from receiving subsidy, except when applying for a medical or law degree. Criminal, administrative or civil cases may also be grounds for disqualification from the program.

Students can use the STFAP in combination with other scholarships to fund tuition and other expenses. However, the STFAP will only give a subsidy amounting to a maximum of 1.5 times the difference between the printed STFAP subsidy rate and the non-STFAP rate. Many students take advantage of the STFAP in conjunction with other scholarships like the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholarships for science majors.

Application

Forms needed for applying to the STFAP program may be claimed for 10 pesos at any university campus, or can simply be downloaded from the STFAP site and printed. The accomplished forms must then be submitted to the STFAP office of the campus where you intend to enroll. Every STFAP application also requires the submission of various papers demonstrating financial need.

If you intend to apply for an STFAP subsidy, be ready with your entire family’s financial records. The application form asks an exhaustive list of questions regarding the earning capacity of every member of your household. All the household expenses and incomes must also be listed down and submitted. Utility bills, income tax returns and real property papers are also required attachments to the accomplished STFAP form.

STFAP applications are processed in batches starting with an early batch. The first batch of processed applications are released as early as a month prior to enrollment, while the last one is posted as late as a month into the semester.

The STFAP makes use of tiered alphabetized brackets, with each lettered tier symbolizing an income level for each student’s family. Upon enrollment, all UP students are assumed to belong to Bracket A – the bracket for families earning more than PhP1,000,000 each year – with its tuition rate of PhP1,500 per unit enrolled.

You can enter Bracket B – incomes of PhP500,000 to PhP1,000,000 – upon presentation of a signed certification and the necessary financial documents at validation. Otherwise, you’ll have to accomplish the STFAP application form and submit it to the STFAP office.

Benefits

Under the STFAP, you can get benefits with regard to tuition fee payments, laboratory fees and, in some cases, a monthly stipend from the university. The brackets with their corresponding benefits are as follows:

  • Bracket A (income of over PhP1,000,000 annually) students pay the full tuition fee at PhP1,500 per unit
  • Bracket B (income of PhP500,001 to PhP1,000,000 annually) students pay only the base tuition at PhP1,000 per unit
  • Bracket C (income of PhP250,001 to PhP500,000 annually) applicants pay 60% of the base tuition at PhP600 per unit
  • Bracket D (income of PhP135,001 to PhP250,000 annually) students pay 30% of the base tuition at PhP300 per unit
  • Bracket E1 (income of PhP80,001 to PhP135,000 annually) and Bracket E2 (income of PhP80,000 or less annually) students do not have to pay tuition fees. Additionally, Bracket E2 students get a monthly allowance valued at PhP12,000 every semester or about PhP2,400 every month.

Students categorized under Brackets A through D also have to pay full laboratory and miscellaneous fees amounting to about PhP2,000 upon enrollment.

Applications for the STFAP should be done prior to enrollment so that your benefits may be deducted from the amount you have to pay at the Office of the University Registrar (OUR). If your processed STFAP application is not yet available by the time you get to validation, you will have to pay the full tuition rate for the moment. Your STFAP benefits will be applied later on, and the university will issue a refund for the difference.

Maintenance

A student’s STFAP bracket is valid for the entire school year applied, and is renewable every year. In order to qualify for reapplication to the STFAP, you should

  • have a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 3.0 for the previous year
  • not have dropped more than one course or subject
  • receive grades in at least 15 units, not considering incomplete or dropped subjects

Be sure to ask questions well before deadlines. The staff at the STFAP offices are usually very helpful and will be glad to help you with queries and concerns. Once the deadline passes, however, they can do little to change your status until applications reopen.