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Office of Student Affairs

In support of the academic programs of the University, the Office of Student Affairs or OSA (formerly Office of Student Personnel Services or OSPS), headed by the Director, is committed to the holistic development of students. It has a main office located at the College Union Building in the Miagao campus, popularly known as the Student Union Building or College Union Building (CUB), and an extension office in the Iloilo City campus. It delivers an integrated program of services to meet the students' multifarious needs throughout the three campuses (Miagao, Iloilo City and Tacloban City. Its major services are as follows:

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES

A. Counseling

Students are guided in making decisions about personal, vocational and educational concerns with the help of a professional counselor. Counseling sessions are done with individual students or groups. Students are accommodated either as scheduled or as they walk in.

In order to make OSA services more accessible to the students, Guidance Services Specialists have been deployed for each college/school. The Guidance and Counseling Office had been established in each college/ school.

B. Psychological Testing

Data on personal attributes of students like mental abilities, aptitudes, habits, interests, and other personality characteristics are taken through batteries of psychological tests given during the students' first year or as needed during their residency in the University. Psychological test results are also used as tools in the counseling process.

C. Career Guidance, Graduate Placement, and Follow-up

As soon as a college first year student enters the University, he/she is guided in identifying and developing career choices through initial interviews called by the Office of Student Affairs. Career aptitudes and interests are discussed with professional guidance service specialists, taking into consideration their psychological test results. These are followed up in subsequent counseling sessions. When they graduate, students are informed of job placement opportunities and followed up as to their career prospects.

D. Human Development Services Various groups of students are brought together in group dynamics activities and structured learning experiences where they learn to become aware, responsive and effective in handling personal and interpersonal relationships. Experiences gleaned from these activities contribute to their growth and development as human beings. The Personal Effective Program (PEP), a 16-hour session conducted every first semester for first-year students is one of the human development services facilitated by the guidance services specialists of OSA.

E. Peer Facilitating Program The program is a volunteer service of trained students under the supervision of a guidance services specialist. The peer facilitators work hand in hand with the guidance services specialists to assist students to cope with the challenges of college life and to expedite personal growth and development through para-counseling and student activities i.e., group discussions, group dynamics, etc. At the same time, the volunteers enhance their personalities through interaction with their peers and training they undergo. Peer facilitators who stay in the dormitories are chosen by their dormitory managers.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AND ACTIVITIES (SOA)

Providing opportunities for development outside the classroom are the different student organizations and activities on campus. Coordinated by the OSA, these activities serve as venues for the development of personal talents and abilities as well as leadership skills and responsibilities. Students are also exposed to various training programs such as leadership seminars and psychosocial activities. SOA also allows the students to organize and facilitate their own activities and events, which they deem relevant or integral to their academic experience in the University.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Free Tuition and Other Fees (RA 10931)

The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or Republic Act 10931 was signed into law in 2017, which mandates the non-collection of tuition and other fees in all 112 SUCs nationwide.

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion issued the following guidelines to constituent universities for its implementation (PDLC Memorandum No. 17-21B, 07 August 2017):

No tuition and other school fees shall be collected from Filipino undergraduate students except:

a. Students who have already attained a bachelor’s degree or comparable undergraduate degree from any higher education institution, whether public or private;

b. Students who fail to comply with admission and retention policies of the University;

c. Students who fail to complete their bachelor’s degree or comparable undergraduate degree within a year after the period prescribed in their program (Section 6, Republic Act 10931).

The foregoing excepted students may, however, apply for financial assistance, or discount under UP’s Socialized Tuition System.

Students with financial capacity may voluntarily opt out by paying tuition and other school fees as their contribution to the University (Section 4, Republic Act No. 10931).

Student Financial Assistance (SFA) Online

Students from the University of the Philippines (UP) come from all walks of life. Some of them may not be able to afford to pay the full tuition and other expenses to complete their academic requirements at the University.

To address this, UP offers different forms of student financial assistance programs. These programs provide financial support to students in need. To streamline application to these programs, UP developed the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online).

The SFA Online gathers information to expedite the processing of applications from students who wish to obtain financial assistance. It is a web-based program that collects data on household income as well as the socioeconomic characteristics of the household of students. These data are processed to determine the financial support that matches a student’s needs.

Since 2017, the SFA Online has processed applications to the University’s Socialized Tuition System. SFA Online also assists Scholarship and Financial Assistance units to allocate scholarship slots and design support programs to applicants in need of assistance while they are in UP.

For AY 2018-2019, the SFA Online will support applications to the tuition subsidy through the socialized tuition program.

Socialized Tuition

UP created the Socialized Tuition System (ST System) to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment. This is based on the paying capacity of the household to which a student belongs. Through the ST System, UP may subsidize a portion of the full cost required during enrollment and, in certain cases, grant additional subsidy to waive miscellaneous fees and grant monthly cash allowances.

The program covers undergraduate students, including students enrolled in Law and Medicine. The ST System was approved by the UP Board of Regents on 16 December 2013.

UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Mindanao, UP Pampanga, UP Visayas
Tuition Discount Level Tuition Discount Tuition in P Other Financial Assistance
Partial Discount - 40% 40% P600/unit

 

Partial Discount - 60% 60% P400/unit

 

Partial Discount - 80% 80% P200/unit

 

Full Discount 100% Free tuition Free miscellaneous fees Free laboratory fees
Full Discount + Stipend 100% Free tuition Free miscellaneous fees Free laboratory fees Monthly Stipend

 

UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Mindanao, UP Pampanga
Tuition Discount Level Tuition Discount Tuition in P Other Financial Assistance
Partial Discount - 33% 33% P1000/unit

 

Partial Discount - 60% 60% P600/unit

 

Partial Discount - 80% 80% P300/unit

 

Full Discount 100% Free tuition Free miscellaneous fees Free laboratory fees
Full Discount + Stipend 100% Free tuition Free miscellaneous fees Free laboratory fees Monthly Stipend

a. Tuition Discounts

UP students who wish to apply for tuition discounts under the Socialized Tuition must supply the information about the income and socio-economic characteristics of their household. The application is done online. Using the information submitted by the students, the University may grant tuition discounts and, in certain cases, monthly stipends, according to the tables on the next page.

Tuition discounts and other financial assistance shall be for one academic year, renewable annually. Students who will be granted Full Discount + Stipend will receive a monthly allowance for two semesters.

Any misinformation and/or withholding of information done by any student in connection with his application in the STS will automatically disqualify him/her from receiving any financial assistance or subsidy and may serve as a ground for his/her expulsion from the University.

b. UP Tuition Loan Program

The program allows students to defer up to 100% of the amount of tuition and other school fees (except student fund). The University charges zero interest on the amount deferred when settled in full before the end of the term. The program also facilitates installment payment during the semester.

Student and Graduate Assistantships (SAGA)

The UP SAGA is a program for upperclassmen and graduate students to gain experiences in leadership and ethics in the workplace while assisting the University in fulfilling its teaching, research, and public service functions. Student Assistants (SAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs) are given allowances based on hours rendered. Rates are currently at P60/ hour for undergraduate students, P100/hour for Masters students, and P140/hour for Doctorate students.

Scholarship Awards

Students may apply for private or government scholarships which are announced regularly. Screening and selection are conducted by the UPV Committee on Scholarship and Financial Assistance under the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). Scholarships consisting of living and book subsidies are based on both financial need and academic performance.

The available scholarships offered by the University with corresponding eligibility requirements are as follows:

A. GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS (UP)

1. U.P. Presidential

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to undergraduate (except first years) and graduate students in any field of study
  • GWA of at least "1.75" for a load of at least 15 academic units with no grade of “5.0”, unremoved “4.0” or “INC” in the semester immediately following the application

2. U.P. Government

Eligibility Requirements:

  • UPCAT result shall serve as the basis for awarding the U.P. Government scholarship 35

3. U.P. Presidential Leadership

Eligibility Requirements:
Grants are open to bonafide students (except first years) with following qualifications:

  • must have a potential for leadership
  • must have a GWA of at least "2.75"; no unremoved grade of "INC" (for graduate students: "1.75")
  • must be enrolled in at least 15 units at the time of the award
  • must not have been the subject of disciplinary action worse than a five-day class suspension

B. GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS (Non-UP)

1. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be financially needy
  • Will be granted only to those who successfully passed the competitive scholarship examinations given by BFAR
  • Must be enrolled in BS Fisheries and in school specified by BFAR

2. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - Full Merit
Eligibility Requirements:

  • CHED is in-charge of the selection process

3. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - Half Merit
Eligibility Requirements:

  • CHED is in-charge of the selection process

4. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - Tulong Dunong
Eligibility Requirements:

  • CHED is in-charge of the selection process

5. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (DA-ACEF) Scholarship Program
Eligibility Requirements:

Incoming college student Must be enrolled in B.S Fisheries

  • Must be a Filipino citizen
  • Must be in need of financial assistance
  • Must not be a recipient of any government scholarship grant

6. Department of Agriculture (DA) - Biotech Program Scholarship Grant
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must pursue a baccalaureate degree in Agri-biotechnology or any related fields
  • Must have an annual gross family income of not more than Php300,000.00 and assets of not more than Php250,000.00 36
  • Must be a natural-born citizen
  • Must be of good moral character and in good health
  • Must specialize in Fisheries biotechnology and related fields
  • Must not be enjoying other scholarship grant
  • Must not have applied for resident/immigrant status in another country
  • First year applicants must either belong to the top 10% of their high school graduating batch or a graduate from a science high school or special science class or science oriented high school
  • Applicants in the upper year levels must have a grade point average (GPA) of 1.75 or higher

7. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be financially needy
  • Will be granted only to those who successfully passed the competitive scholarship examinations given by the DOST
  • Must be enrolled in courses specified by the DOST and in specified school

8. Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation Program (ESGP-PA) Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be poor but deserving students
  • Gives priority to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries
  • Must be qualified to enroll in selected State Universities and Colleges
  • Must take up priority programs of CHED and other course offerings aligned with the government key growth areas-per CMO No. 1, s. 2014 “CHED Priority Courses for AY 2014-2015 to AY 2017-2018”

9. Iskolar Sang Iloilo Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to poor but deserving high school graduate of Iloilo and a resident of Iloilo province
  • Gross family income not more than P120,000
  • Must enroll in a four-year Baccalaureate degree in any state colleges and universities, and encouraged to take courses supportive of the development thrusts and strategies of the provinces
  • Shall maintain a weighted average grade of 2.5 in all subjects and has no grade lower than 3.0 in any subject

10. LANDBANK- International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Gawad-Patnubay Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Junior B.S. in Fisheries student
  • Must have a general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 2.5 or its equivalent with no grade lower than 3.0 in any subject 37
  • Must be enrolled in the regular number of subjects offered in the semester as indicated in their approved curriculum
  • Must not drop any subject or cancel enrollment for the period during the scholarship
  • Shifting of courses is prohibited
  • Duration of scholarship shall be extended for students who shall not graduate on time for justifiable reasons such as health, unresolved family issues and force majeure. Under this condition, the scholars shall be given a maximum of 1 semester to complete the program.
  • Must not be found guilty of grave misconduct or a misdemeanor in accordance with existing policies, rules, and regulations of the university or school where the scholar is enrolled 
  • Must comply with the university, IRRI and Landbank’s core values and Code of Conduct

C. PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS

1. Cosmic Technologies, Inc.
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must come from an unprivileged/indigent family with combined gross family income of Php25,000 and currently enrolled at the University
  • Must have a general weighted average (GWA) of 83% or equivalent upon application, but must maintain 85% GWA during the entire duration of the educational assistance 
  • Must have an initiative and self-motivation to finish his/her course and in pursuit of decent career opportunities 
  • Must not be a recipient of any other scholarship or educational assistance from other institutions
  • Must carry the regular load prescribed and/or approved curriculum by the University 
  • Must proactively engage and commit as beneficiaries to be encouraged and get involved in socio-curricular activities supported by Cosmic Technologies Inc., to inclusively enhance their personal and collective development
  • Preferably with proven leadership skills and/or special talent 
  • Must achieve a passing score both in written practical examination and panel interview

2. Francisco J. Nicolas endowed by Reginald F. Lewis
Eligibility Requirements: 

  • For first year students
  • Must pursue any of the following fields of study: - Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Library and Information Science, Nutrition, Social Work and Community Development 
  • Grantee must not have been the subject of any disciplinary action worse than a five-day class suspension 
  • Must belong to ST bracket PD80 or FD
  • Must not be the recipient of any other grant or financial assistance program 38

3. Health Education Environment Discipleship (HEED)
Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Qualified poor family, as determined by the Foundation
  • With good moral character
  • Not be a recipient of any other scholarship
  • Not member of any fraternity or sorority 
  • Not have been subject of any disciplinary action by the University/Foundation
  • Not have any derogatory or criminal records
  • Must maintain a GPA of "2.5" and no failing grades "5.00” or its equivalent), nor "DROP" during the semester
  • Enrolled in either BS Fisheries or BS Accountancy
  • BS Accountancy scholars must maintain a GPA of "2.0" and shall have no grade lower than "2.0“ in all major subjects

4. Jose Jon Tiamsuy Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bonafide first year in U.P. Visayas enrolled in:
    a. Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (2 scholars)
    b. Bachelor of Science in Management (2 scholars)
  • Financially in need. The applicant must be an ST grantee (Bracket FD provided that the annual gross family income does not exceed P135,000. The selection of the scholar shall be based on:
    - Bracket FD (free tuition fee and miscellaneous fees; no living allowance and income between P80,000-P135,000)
  • Must not be a recipient of any other scholarship program 
  • Not have been the subject of any disciplinary action worse than a 5-day class suspension
  • Permanent resident of Visayas
  • Latest copy of grades and letter of recommendation from their respective unit heads or former professors along with other requirements

5. NGCP EDUCATE Scholarship Program
Eligibility Requirements:

  • A bonafide member of an Indigenous Group
  • With no failing grade for all subjects taken from 1st year up to present
  • With moral character and
  • A resident of a community that hosts NCGP’s transmission facilities

6. P and A Foundation Scholarship Program
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must show an interest in pursuing a long term career in audit and public accounting
  • Semestral grade point average or GPA (academic subjects only) at the time of his application for scholarship must be 2.0 or higher
  • Must have no failing or incomplete grades for two semesters prior to the scholarship 
  • Must carry the full semester load as prescribed by the respective scholar's program department or adviser
  • Must not enjoy any major financial assistance, grant or scholarship from other external sources 
  • Must not accept any kind of employment while on scholarship, the intent being to allow him/her to devote full time to studies  Total household income not more than P200,000 per annum

7. SGV & Co. Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Degree of Bachelor of Sciences in Accountancy
  • Must obtain a grade of 2.0 or better in all accounting, auditing, tax and law subjects. No failing grade in all academic subjects each grading period. 
  • Shall carry the required full academic load for each school term and complete the course within the prescribed period 
  • No other scholarship

8. SM Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Enroll in a priority and prescribed school as stipulated under the SM Scholarship Program 
  • Enroll in a regular semestral/ trimestral load prescribed in the approved curriculum for the course in the respective course 
  • Properly apply stipend or allowance granted and account for the same when called upon to do so. 
  • Maintain a general weighted average rating not lower than "B", "2.50" "81" or its equivalent in not less than 15 academic units per semester. 
  • Maintain good health, good moral character & unquestionable integrity at all times.
  • Achieve the highest possible standard of scholarship in the field of study.

9. SUNLAD Simpex Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Limited to the following undergraduate courses only: - Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Biology, Public Health; Statistics; Applied Mathematics - Fisheries; Food Technology; Chemical Engineering - Accountancy; Marketing; Management 
  • Top 10% of their respective graduating class with no failing or incomplete (INC) grades on any subject and with no dropped subject/s.

10. TATEH Academic Study Grant
Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be a sophomore or junior student of the CFOS
  • Must be a Filipino citizen 40
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must be enrolled with a minimum of 15 units per semester
  • Must come from a low-income family as determined by UPV
  • Must not be enjoying any scholarship other than the ST

11. UP Alumni, Quesada-Fulgado and Friends Scholarship Grant
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a regular student of the UP at least 3rd year standing
  • GWA of "2.0“
  • Must not have been given a grade lower than "3.0" or have a grade of "INC“
  • Parents annual gross income is not more than P250,000 or the applicant belongs to not higher than ST Bracket D 
  • Must not have been subjected to disciplinary action
  • Must be of good moral character

12. UP Alumni Association in America (UPAAA) Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a regular first year and other year level student enrolled in a four-year or five-year undergraduate course
  • GWA of a least "3.0“
  • Must not have been given a grade of “5.0” or unremoved grade of “4.0” or “INC” in the semester immediately preceding the application
  • Must be enrolled in at least 15 units at the time of the award of the grant
  • Parents’ or guardians’ annual income is not more than P80,000
  • Must not have been the subject to disciplinary action worse than a five-day class suspension

13. UPAA Geneva Scholarship Grant
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a regular student of U.P. who is at least 3rd year standing
  • Must be a regular student of UPV who is of 2nd year standing with at least one-year residence in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences 
  • Must be enrolled in the BS Fisheries Program 
  • Must have earned a GWA of "2.50”
  • Must not have been given a grade lower than 3.00 ("Pass") or “INC” before the awarding of the Grant
  • Must be financially needy (parents' or guardians' annual gross income is not more than P500,000 based on ITR or ST Bracket PD60 grantee
  • Must not have been subjected to disciplinary action by the University
  • Must be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a crime 14. UP Association of Washington (UPAW) Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a regular first year and other year level student enrolled in any four year or five-year undergraduate course

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