GUIDELINES FOR THE AVAILMENT OF FREE HIGHER EDUCATION (FHE) PROGRAM BASED ON THE IRR OF RA10931

GUIDELINES FOR THE AVAILMENT OF FREE HIGHER EDUCATION (FHE) PROGRAM BASED ON THE IRR OF RA10931

Free Higher Education is one of the program under RA 10931 which refers to an act promoting Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education by providing free tuition and other school fees in SUCs (State Universities and Colleges) and CHED recognized LUCs (Local Universities and Colleges).

To avail of the FHE program students must conform to following conditions as stated on the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of RA 10931:

1.         Undergraduate students must pass / meet the admission and retention policies of the University.

2.         No previous bachelor’s degree or comparable undergraduate degree from any public or private HEI (Higher Educational Institution).

3.         He/she is not an overstaying student at the College level and complies with the ONE-YEAR GRACE PERIOD on top of the prescribed number of years of the course as provided by the law. 

4.         To continue enjoying the benefits of the FHE, students should maintain a “GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING” and should meet the RTU retention policy.

5.         Shifters can also availed of the benefits of FHE, provided that any semester wherein the student has availed of the benefits of free higher education will be subtracted from the expected duration of the current program in which the student is enrolled. 

The retention policy of the university shall be applied to undergraduate student who wish to shift from one course to another.

6.         In the case of transferees, any semester wherein the student has availed of any form of government-funded Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) shall be subtracted from the expected duration of the current program in which the student is enrolled.

The retention and admission policies of the university shall be applied to transferees.

7.         Returning students, who went on an official leave of absence, shall only be qualified for the FHE if he/she submitted a leave of absence (LOA) form to the College Dean prior to his/her leave of absence for more than one semester.  The determination and computation of their free higher education benefit shall be based on the residency policy of RTU.

8.         The retention policy of the University shall be applied to returning students and other students who went on a leave of absence.

9.         Starting AY 2018-2019, all summer classes that are part of the curriculum will be covered by the Free Higher Education provisions of the law.

10.     In the case of petition classes, the institution shall decide whether they will provide petitioned classes or not. However, if petitioned classes are provided, these should all be in the curriculum of the relevant programs. Only the standard fees for offering programs shall be covered by the law. Special arrangements wherein institutions charge petitioning students higher tuition fees or ask petitioning students to cover the fees for an entire class are not reimbursable to the UniFAST.

Tutorial classes are not covered under Free Higher Education.

 

GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING

A student is in Good Academic Standing if at the end of the regular/summer term he/she obtains a final grade of 3.00 or higher in all the subjects in which she/he is enrolled. However, students with INC or 4.0 grades may still enjoy the Tuition and Miscellaneous Fee Subsidy (TMFS), provided he/she can complete or remove the grade within the one (1) year period from the date the said grades were received. Only those students in Good Academic Standing are eligible for the Free Higher Education program.

 

RTU RETENTION POLICY BASED ON THE APPROVED BOR RESOLUTION NO. 813

ACADEMIC WARNING

1.         Any student who incurred a grade of 5.0 in one (1) subject regardless of the number of units and units enrolled during the semester/summer term they incurred such grade shall be under Academic Warning status;

2.         Any student who obtained a remark of Dropped, Incomplete, or Withdrawn shall under Academic Warning status.

Students under Academic Warning status are not eligible with the benefits of Free Higher Education program.

 

ACADEMIC PROBATION

1.         Any student who incurred a grade of 5.00 in two (2) subjects regardless of the number of units and units enrolled during the semester/summer term they incurred such grade shall be under Academic Probation status;

2.         Any student who receive grades of DRP or INC in  addition to his/her grade of 5.0 either during the immediately concluded term or in the past terms, or if he/she has been put on Academic Warning already at any time in his/her stay in RTU;

3.         Transferees, especially those whose curriculum taken in the other schools are different from the RTU curriculum, or who will be irregular students in RTU, shall be under Academic Probation status.

Students under Academic Probation status are not eligible with the benefits of Free Higher Education program.

 

SEPARATION

A student shall be separated from RTU if he/she receives a grade of 5.00 in three (3) subjects, regardless of the number of units and units enrolled during the semester/summer term or has been put repeatedly under Academic Probation or Academic Warning. The student concerned will be issued a Notice of Separation that will contain the grounds of his/her separation.

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