2,198 studes receive tuition refund, other assistance

APPROXIMATELY 2,200 students, as of this writing, have already received their refund for the miscellaneous fee and Tu­long-Dunong education assis­tance starting last September 18.

According to Stu­dents Affairs and Services Of­fices (SASO) director Dr. Erwin Salvatiera, P29 million pesos is the estimated budget this aca­demic year, P14 million for the Tulong-Dunong program and P0.9 million for the An Waray scholarship. He also added that the budget was appropriated from Department of Budget Management (DBM) including the P15 million assistance from Mayor Gerard Espina and from the different district.

“The reason why P 3,500 is that the budget for the Tu­long-Dunong program is divided among four thousand qualified scholars,” SASO director ex­pressed.

To answer students’ clamor on the deduction of the supposed calculated assistance, Dr. Salvatierra clarified that the deducted amount is paid for the laboratory fee since the said fee is a separate fee from the tuition.

“Laboratory is not only about computer expenses but it also in­cludes library services and other equipment you’re using inside the university,” he further ex­plained.

It has been reported that the deduction of the assis­tance varies among college de­partments, especially those who do not have laboratory fees.

FURTHER REMINDERS

SASO further reminds the student to fill-up anoth­er form again to avail the Tu­long-Dunong program, as part of the requirement for the next semester.

“We will still be accept­ing students who want to avail the program and visit the office for more details,” he said. “To those who did not avail the Tu­long-Dunong program, please avail now because we cannot refund you if you have not com­plied any requirements,” he con­cluded.

Tulong-Dunong is an umbrella program of the Commission on Higher Educa­tion (CHED) to assist students through scholarship grants. Tu­long-Dunong were once CHED STUF-Up program changed into SUC’s Tulong-Dunong assis­tance.

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