It was last Thursday  when President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law providing free education for over a million students in public tertiary and vocational schools nationwide. The free tuition law covers a total of 112 state universities and colleges, and 78 local universities and colleges nationwide.

Republic Act 10931 or Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which Congress approved in May of last year and was transmitted to the Office of the President on the 5th of July, gives full tuition subsidy for students in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges, and state-run technical-vocational schools.

Moreover, according to the Department of Budget and Management’s list, there are eight(8) SUCs in Metro Manila, 49 in the rest of Luzon, 26 in Visayas, and 31 in Mindanao. The list of SUCs totals 114, as there are three entries for Mindanao State University (MSU)-including the MSU Iligan Institute of Technology and the MSU Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography.

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) released on March 15 an additional list of 78 local universities and colleges (LUCs) established by local government units who were eligible to provide free higher education. According to CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the 78 LUCs across the country will no longer collect tuition and fees starting school year 2018 to 2019.

This is after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in an en banc meeting on February 13, decided to include the 78 LUCs under the coverage of Republic Act No. 10931 or the free tuition law.

State and Local Universities and Colleges will now be able to enjoy privileges of education without having an expensive cost.

LUCs are educational institutions created by local government units through ordinances and other enabling acts.

Below are the list of both Local and State Universities and colleges now covered by the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017:

National Capital Region

  • Eulogio ‘Amang‘ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
  • Marikina Polytechnic College
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Philippine State College of Aeronautics
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Rizal Technological University
  • Technological University of the Philippines
  • University of the Philippines System
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Abra State Institute of Science and Technology
  • Apayao State College
  • Benguet State University
  • Ifugao State University
  • Kalinga State University
  • Mountain Province State University

Region I – Ilocos Region

  • Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
  • Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
  • Mariano Marcos State University
  • North Luzon Philippines State College
  • Pangasinan State University
  • University of Northern Philippines
  • Ilocos Sur Community College
  • University of Eastern Pangasinan
  • Binalatongan Community College
  • Urdaneta City University

Region II – Cagayan Valley

  • Batanes State College
  • Cagayan State University
  • Isabela State University
  • Nueva Vizcaya State University
  • Quirino State University

Region III – Central Luzon

  • Aurora State College of Technology
  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • Bulacan Agricultural State College
  • Bulacan State University
  • Central Luzon State University
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
  • Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  • Pampanga State Agricultural University
  • Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
  • Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
  • Tarlac College of Agriculture
  • Tarlac State University
  • Mabalacat College
  • Baliuag Polytechnic College
  • Bulacan Polytechnic College
  • City College of Angeles
  • City College of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Eduardo L. Joson Memorial College
  • Guagua Community College
  • Kolehiyo ng Guiguinto
  • Kolehiyo ng Subic
  • Limay Polytechnic College
  • Norzagaray College
  • Pambayang Dalubhasaan ng Marilao
  • Polytechnic College of Botolan
  • Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauayan

Region IV-A – CALABARZON

  • Batangas State University
  • Cavite State University
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University (Laguna State Polytechnic College)
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • University of Rizal System
  • Balian Community College
  • City College of Calamba
  • Colegio de Montalban
  • Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas
  • Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena
  • Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng Lipa
  • Laguna University
  • Pambayang Kolehiyo ng Mauban
  • San Mateo Municipal College
  • Trece Martires City College
  • Antipolo Institute of Technology (AiTech)
  • Tanauan City College (TCC)
  • Pamantasan ng Cabuyao (PNC)
  • Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo
  • City College of Tagaytay (CCT)

Region IV-B – MIMAROPA

  • Marinduque State College
  • Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Occidental Mindoro State College
  • Palawan State University
  • Romblon State University
  • Western Philippines University
  • Baco Community College
  • MIMAROPA City College of Calapan

Region V – Bicol Region

  • Bicol University
  • Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Camarines Norte State College
  • Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
  • Catanduanes State University
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
  • Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Partido State University
  • Sorsogon State College
  • Community College of Manito
  • Ligao Community College
  • Baao Community College
  • Calabanga Community College
  • Caramoan Community College
  • City College of Naga
  • Daraga Community College
  • Libon Community College
  • Oas Community College
  • Polangui Community College
  • Rapu-Rapu Community College
  • San Jose Community College
  • Sorsogon Community College
  • Donsol Community College (DCC)
  • San Pascual Polytechnic College (SPPC)
  • Aroroy Municipal College (AMC)
  • Governor Mariano E. Villafuerte Community Colleges

Region VI – Western Visayas

  • Aklan State University
  • Capiz State University
  • Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College
  • Guimaras State College
  • Iloilo State College of Fisheries
  • Central Philippines State University
  • Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College
  • Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology
  • University of Antique
  • Iloilo Science and Technology University
  • West Visayas State University
  • Iloilo City Community College (ICCC)
  • Passi City College
  • Libacao College of Science and Technology
  • Bago City College

Region VII – Central Visayas

  • Bohol Island State University
  • Cebu Normal University
  • Cebu Technological University
  • Negros Oriental State University
  • Siquijor State College
  • Buenavista Community college
  • Carcar City College
  • Sibonga Community College
  • Trinidad Municipal College

Region VIII – Eastern Visayas

  • Eastern Samar State University
  • Eastern Visayas State University
  • Leyte Normal University
  • Naval State University
  • Northwest Samar State University
  • Palompom Polytechnic State University
  • Samar State University
  • Southern Leyte State University
  • University of Eastern Philippines
  • Visayas State University
  • Maasin City College

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

  • J.H Cerilles State College
  • Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Western Mindanao State University
  • Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College
  • Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology
  • Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government College (ZdSPGC)

Region X – Northern Mindanao

  • Bukidnon State University
  • Camiguin Polytechnic State College
  • Central Mindanao University
  • University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Cagayan De Oro Campus
  • MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology
  • University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Claveria Campus
  • Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology
  • Pangantucan Bukidnon Community College (PBCC)
  • Magsaysay College
  • Initao College
  • Gov. Alfonso D. Tan College
  • Northern Bukidnon Community College
  • Opol Community College
  • Tagoloan Community College

Region XI – Davao Region

  • Compostela Valley State College
  • Davao Del Norte State College
  • Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology
  • Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
  • University of Southern Philippines
  • Kapalong College of Agriculture, Sciences and Technology (KCAST)
  • Governor Generoso College of Arts, Sciences and Technology (GGCAST)
  • Monkayo College of Arts, Sciences and Technology
  • Kolehiyo ng Pantukan (KNP)

Region XII – Main SOCCSKSARGEN

  • Cotabato State University
  • Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
  • Sultan Kudarat State University
  • University of Southern Mindanao
  • Glan Institute of Technology
  • Makilala Insitute of Science and Technology
  • Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
  • Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College
  • Basilan State College
  • Mindanao State University
  • MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
  • Sulu State College
  • Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College

Region XIII – Caraga Administrative Region

  • Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Caraga State University (Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Surigao del Sur State University
  • Surigao State College of Technology
  • Hinatuan

As per De Vera, CHED will publicize an added batch of eligible LUCS prior to opening of classes this school year 2019 to 2020. Now that you know the list of SUCs and local universities and colleges subject to the new law, you can now have clear vision whether studying in these schools would be beneficial or not. Is this new law applicable and beneficial for students? Would this help solve the problem of education in our country?

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