NEW POLICIES ON THE SOCIALIZEDTuition Financial AssistanceProgram (STFAP) and stricterimplementation o existing ruleshave caused several registrationand payment issues this enrolment.Even with constant eorts toreview and revise the STFAP, thesystem itsel has inevitably causedproblems, said Student RegentCleve Arguelles.“[Based on] policy studies, as wellas direct surveys and inputs romthe students, the STFAP has ailedto meet its objective o fnanciallyaiding and assisting the studentsto cope with the high cost o UPeducation,” Arguelles said.The STFAP is a system whichcategorizes students into bracketswhich determine their capacityto pay tuition based onsocio-economic indicators, such asamily income. Only undergraduate,law, and medicine students canapply or STFAP.
Delayed STFAP results
Following the June 5 memo-randum on Bracket B certifcation(BBC), students who have not appliedor STFAP are placed, by deault,under Bracket A and thus have topay P1,500 per unit.“Nadine,” a BS Math reshmanwho requested anonymity, wasone o those automaticallyclassifed under Bracket A. She thensubmitted her STFAP applicationor Bracket D on May 30, the deadlineor the second batch o STFAPresults. However, she was assignedto Bracket B only on the releaseo the ourth batch o results onSeptember 15.Bracket results are usuallyreleased a month ater the deadlineor applications. While applicantswait or the results, some chooseto apply or BBC temporarily andpay P1,000 per unit under the saidbracket, according to the Ofceo Scholarships and StudentServices (OSSS).“Nadine” has since submitted anappeal to be reassigned to BracketD, but she had to apply or a loanto be able to pay her ull Bracket Btuition or the meantime.With the two-month delay inthe release o the ourth batcho STFAP results, students whoare unsatisfed with their bracketassignments had barely a month tosubmit appeals or lower bracketingto the University Committeeon Scholarships and FinancialAssistance (UCSFA).Composed o university ofcials,administrative sta, and studentleaders rom all UP units, theUCSFA only meets every othermonth. During their Octobermeeting, only 88 cases, or less than25 percent o the total 375 appeals,were deliberated, according tothe OSSS.The UCSFA will convene again,tentatively, in January, accordingto the OSSS. Currently, theeight-member sta o the OSSSis conducting house visits orstudents with pending appeals.Unlike the previous years, theOSSS has also decided not toaccept new STFAP applicationsduring the second semester. Thiswas done to encourage students tosubmit applications during the frstsemester, so that appeals could beprocessed during the second se-mester, OSSS Administrative StaJocelyn Aberin said.
Student loans, refunds
For the current semester,1,700 students have appliedor loans, as o November 12,according to the OSSS. To payor tuition, students can availo loans ater accomplishinga orm with parents or guardians asco-debtors.Last year, two in every three,or 2,345 o the total 3,364 STFAPapplicants, also applied or loans.Ater the release o the fnal bracketassignments, any over-assessedtuition amount is deducted roma student’s loan, said ormer OSSSofcer-in-charge Richard Gonzalo.However, some students weretagged as “ineligible to enrol” dueto unpaid loans in the OSSS. Theineligibility was eventually lited,but these students still could notapply or new loans until theirexisting loans have been settled.Meanwhile, the Ofce o theUniversity Registrar (OUR) did notprocess reund requests duringthe enrolment period to ocusoperations on registration transactions,explained University RegistrarEvangeline Amor.
In response to issues raisedagainst STFAP, the UCSFA is againplanning to review the STFAP.However, no concrete plans havebeen set as committee discussionsare still ongoing, said Vice Chancelloror Student Aairs (VCSA) MariaCorazon Tan.“Education has becomeunaordable, and [the] STFAP andthe loan[s] have not proved to beuseul,” said UP Diliman UniversityStudent Council Vice ChairAlex Castro.The student regent alsomaintained that UP’s fnancialassistance programs are only “band-aidsolutions” to the perennial problem othe high cost o UP education. Inthe long run, UP must understandthat policies such as STFAP andother income-generating schemesft into the long-standing policy othe government to abandon theirresponsibility to provide higherstate subsidy, Arguelles explainedin a statement.“In the end, the UP communitymust consider enacting moresystemic changes in its policies inorder to concretely address theissues o democratic access but itshould be done within the rame odemanding greater state support toUP; not through increased studentees in whatever orm or guise,”he added.
PAY A MAX OF
FOR 15 UNITS(P1,500/UNIT)FOR 15 UNITS(P1,000/UNIT)FOR 15 UNITSFAMILY EARNSOVER P1MANNUALLYFAMILY EARNSP500,000 P1MANNUALLYFAMILY EARNSLOWER THANP500,000ANNUALLY
SELF-DECLAREDBRACKET A STATUSTO COLLEGE/OURSUBMITTEDBRACKET BCERTIFICATIONDID NOT APPLY FORLOWER BRACKETSHAS A PENDINGBRACKET ASSIGNMENTFOREIGN STUDENT SECOND DEGREE
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