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.
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.