MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said on Monday, May 29, it had approved the applications of 268 private colleges and universities to increase tuition and other fees for school year 2017 to 2018.
Of these higher education institutions (HEIs), 262 will hike only their tuitions, by an average of 6.96% or P86.68 per unit.
The average increase in school fees is 6.9% or P243.
CHED said the HEIs whose increases were approved represent 16% of the total 1,652 private institution across the country. The number of 36 HEIs less than the 304 during academic year 2016 to 2017.
The following regions will have the most number of colleges and universities that will be charging higher tuition:
They are the same regions with the highest number of HEIs with approved hikes in school fees:
"CHED’s approach to the issue of tuition is holistic. In the light of contending concerns and interests in society, there is a need to balance access issues with sustainability of educational institutions," the commission explained in a statement.
"For its part, CHED ensures that HEIs meet the guidelines provided by law, especially the requirement of consultation, the proper allocation of tuition fees, and strict adherence with the processes that seek to make tuition and other school fee increases transparent, reasonable and affordable," it added.
Detailed List of Approved Tuition and Other School Fees Increases AY 2017-2018 as of 25 May 2017 by Rappler on Scribd
CHED cited 4 factors in its decision to approve applications for tuition and fee increases: