Press Release
February 24, 2018

Gatchalian: Free tuition "Opt-out" is voluntary, should not be forced

During the Rise for Education Alliance's Gathering for Education Forum earlier this week, Senator Win Gatchalian clarified that the "opt-out" provision of RA 10931, otherwise known as the Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act, is purely voluntarily, and that students should not be forced to opt-out of the full tuition and other fees subsidy for any reason.

Section 4 of RA 10931 states: "All [state and local universities and colleges] shall create a mechanism to enable students with the financial capacity to pay for their education in the SUCs and LUCs to voluntarily opt out of the tuition and other school fees subsidy or make a contribution to the school."

Gatchalian explained that the data show that approximately 90 percent of students enrolled in SUCs are considered poor or near poor, while only 10% of students belong to the middle and upper classes. In order to identify and validate the 10%, the government would have to conduct a survey