TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Medical students of Cagayan State University (CSU) will receive free tuition for academic year 2017-2018, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said on Tuesday, June 13.
In a statement posted in his Facebook page, CHED Commissioner and spokesperson Prospero de Vera III said CSU is among the eight state universities and colleges (SUCs) that will benefit from the P317.1 million allocation to provide free education for medical students.
De Vera said the eight SUCs will receive P39 million each through the Cash Grants to Medical Students Enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (CGMS-SUCs) program.
Aside from CSU, the University of Northern Philippines, Mariano Marcos State University, Bicol University, West Visayas State University, University of the Philippines-Leyte, Mindanao State University and the University of the Philippines-Manila.
Under the program, a student must meet the following requirements to be qualified for the program:
- Pass the admission requirement of the SUC
- Enroll in authorized Doctor of Medicine programs of the SUC
- Maintain a general weighted average (GWA) of at least a passing grade
- Carry a regular academic load and complete the degree within the period allowed in the university
- Student-grantees must also render a one-year “return service” in the Philippines “for every year of cash grant received as part of their public service responsibility.”
“This initiative is a response to the continuing lack of doctors in the country caused by the high cost of medical education, overseas migration, and brain drain,” De Vera said in the statement. Northernforum.net