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ew graduate programs inthe UP system will imposetuition rates higher thanthe average while two existinggraduate programs in UP Diliman(UPD) will increase tuition ater the Board o Regents (BOR) ap-proved all proposals or tuition in-crease during its May 29 meeting.Incoming students under grad-uate programs oered by the Na-tional College o Public Adminis-tration and Governance (NCPAG)will be charged with P2,000 per unit, a 300 percent increase romthe ormer rate o P500.Meanwhile, Tuition or theMaster o Management program o the Technology Management Cen-ter (TMC) doubled rom the oldrate o P1,000 per unit. Studentsenrolling under the new Doctor inSocial Development (DSD) pro-gram o the College o Social Workand Community Developmentwill also have to pay tuition romP1,000 to P2,000 per unit, de-pending on their monthly income.In UP Visayas Cebu College(UPVCC), the BOR approved theproposed tuition o P1,850 per unit or the new program Master o Business Administration (MBA),which will replace its currentMaster o Management programcharging P600 per unit. UPVCCalso pegged the tuition or thenew program Master o Sciencein Computer Science (MS CS) atP1,200 per unit.The average tuition rate or graduate programs in UPD or theirst semester is P985 per unit,based on the schedule o ees romthe Oice o the University Reg-istrar. In UPVCC, tuition in other graduate programs range romP500 to P2,000 per unit.The BOR approved the in-creases because upgrading edu-cational and research acilities isenough justiication or the tuitionhike, said UP President Emerlin-da Roman.The increases also underwentconsultation with the students,Roman added.Despite its earlier decisionon February 27 to deer ee in-
BOR approves tuitionincrease for grad students
creases due to the inancial cri-sis, the BOR airmed last March26 hikes in laboratory ees in thecolleges o Mass Communicationand Engineering. The board alsoauthorized 170 to 400 percent tu-ition increases, eective this se-mester, in graduate programs inthe School o Statistics, College o Home Economics, School o Man-agement in Mindanao and UPDextension programs in Pampangaand Olongapo.
The graduate programs in theuniversity are “important in pro-viding students with adequateproessional training but thebloated tuition narrows [their] ac-cessibility [to students],” said Al-vin Peters, chair o the NationalUnion o Students o the Philip-pines. The need or better acili-ties could never justiy tuitionincrease because the governmentshould subsidize public educa-tion, he added.Peters said the decision o theBOR to approve proposals or tu-ition increases despite its promisein its February meeting to deer increases is not surprising, be-cause it clearly upholds the UPPlan o 2008, which maintainsthat the university must be at par with private schools in terms o collection o ees, Peters said.Dr. Nilan Yu, director o theDSD program, said they consid-ered the current rates o similar programs in other units in or-mulating the new tuition scheme,adding that the tuition per unit or other graduate programs in UP isP2,500.The tuition is still subsidizedas the amount students will payor the program still cannot cover the salary o its teaching and utili-ties expenses, said Yu.According to the proposalo UPVCC or the tuition rate o the MS CS program, charging tu-ition less than P1,200 is “tanta-mount to killing the program,” asthe program is projected to incur negative net earnings even withthis rate. On the other hand, tu-ition rate or MBA was proposedto maintain a “sensible compara-tive reerence with other institu-tions oering MBA programs,” theproposal said.USC Vice Chair JacquelineEroles said the P1,000 averageper unit tuition rate or gradu-ate programs in a state universitysuch as UP is already comparableto that o private schools.The approved tuition or MBAis higher than the tuition rate inother private universities in Cebusuch as University o San Carloswith P888 per unit and Universityo San Jose Recoletos with P763per unit, according to the minuteso the May 29 BOR meeting.The proposals rom NCPAGand TMC state that the unds romthe tuition increase will be usedto improve educational acilitiesand equipment, “avert the exoduso aculty members,” and increasescholarship unds.
In NCPAG, only 18 percento the 50 graduate students whoparticipated in a March 17 surveyapproved o an increase betweenP1,500 to P2,000 per unit, whilemore than 60 percent said an in-crease rom P500 to P1,500 is ap-propriate. NCPAG has a total o 213 graduate studentsTMC Executive Director Edi-son Cruz said its 67 studentsagreed to the increase. There wereno students yet to consult under the programs MS CS, MBA andDSD.Peters said the process o consultation o the UP adminis-tration through surveys “does notgive another option or the stu-dents other than to allow tuitionincrease, [orming] an idea thatstudents must pay to enjoy goodacilities.”The 300-percent tuition andother ees increase (TFI) irstimplemented in 2007 should havecovered the expenses or the im-provement o acilities, Erolessaid. She said the new increasesare not needed because the same justiications were cited not onlyor the TFI but also or recenthikes in laboratory ees.