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Libre na dapat! Bam tells SUCs to refund tuition charged to gov’t scholars

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Senator Bam Aquino wants state universities and colleges (SUCs) to refund the fees they collected from students in the second semester of school year 2017-2018 with the free college law now in effect.

He said that the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) should be implementing Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act for the second semester of academic year 2017-2018.

Aquino, principal sponsor and co-author of RA 10931 in the Senate, noted that some SUCs have already complied with the law and stopped collecting tuition and other fees from students.

“However, there were some schools which continue to do so despite the law’s enactment, possibly due to lack of funds,” Aquino said in a radio interview.

“Mayroon nang mga SUCs ang hindi nangolekta ngayong semester. Sa mga nangolekta na, ang gusto natin ay i-refund ang ibinayad ng mga estudyante at kanilang pamilya,” he said.

He renewed his call to CHEd to “fully implement” RA 10931, saying Filipino families need it more than ever, especially amid the rising prices in goods and services due to the passage of the tax reform law.

“Kung tutulong tayo, huwag nang magtimpi. Lubus-lubusin na ang tulong, ipatupad na ang libreng tuition at miscellaneous fees,” he said.

The Senate on Monday unanimously supported Aquino’s Resolution No. 620 seeking for the full and immediate implementation of RA 10931 in the second semester of school year 2017-2018.