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Will tuition be free at ESSU next school yr?

The ESSU 54th Commencement Exercises. (Photo grab from the Facebook of Emmanuel Mannie A. Arago)

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, April 9, 2017 –- There is a good chance students enrolled and will enroll in the Eastern Samar State University system will have free tuition come August 2017.

Eastern Samar lone district Representative Ben P. Evardone shared the news to the board of regents, professors and graduates of ESSU in Maypangdan, Borongan City.

During the university’s commencement exercises on April 8, the congressman said lawmakers have allocated P8.3B in the 2017 budget so Filipino students can enjoy tuition-free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

In March 13, the senate passed the bill that allows for government’s full tuition subsidy to SUCs provided students meet admission requirements set by the SUCs.

In his speech, Evardone mentioned that the mechanism will also allow payment of miscellaneous and other fees in installment thereby making education more accessible.

Under the passed bill, the Commission on Higher Education will manage and administer the fund and pay SUCs based on lists submitted to the commission provided certain conditions are met.

Due to a shift in the university’s academic calendar, registration for the first semester of the academic year will start in August. (Medora NB Quirante / Este News)