Free tuition in SUCs law soon
MANILA – The proposal seeking free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) was a signature away from becoming a law, Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV disclosed on Monday.
The measure — t he “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” — passed the bicameral process, which consolidated the Senate and House of Representatives’ versions of the proposal.
After the final version was ratified by both Houses, it shall be sent to Malacanang for the president’s approval.
“We are happy to report some good news during these challenging t i mes i n our country,” said Aquino, who sponsored and coauthored the measure in the Senate.
“This will make tuition and other fees in our SUCs free” and will “provide billions of scholarships and loans to students in private higher education institutions,” he said.
According to the former chairman of t he Senate committee on education, arts and culture, he wanted to lead reforms that will help Filipinos “reach their hopes and dreams.”
“Let’s give every Filipino access to quality education — from kinder to college,” said Aquino. (