CHED allots P152-M to poor students in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has provided PHP152 million to Pangasinan State University (PSU) for free tuition and miscellaneous fees of less privileged student this coming school year.

PSU’s new school year will start in August.

PSU president Dr. Chester Buted said on Wednesday that PHP152 million fund from CHEd was allotted for 15,000 students all over Pangasinan.

Buted made the statement on the sidelines of the 38th Commencement Exercises of graduates of the PSU campuses in Lingayen and in Infanta which was graced by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, as guest of honor and speaker.

PSU to date has 19,000 students though not all of them are from less privileged families.

“We will see to it that only the less privileged students will enjoy free education by requiring them to submit income tax returns of their parents, a certification from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and from the local government that they really belong to less privileged families,” Buted said.

He said that it was the personal advocacy of the PSU and of himself as the president that only the less privileged students would benefit from the PHP152 million allotment from CHED.

Buted said that as his personal advocacy, he would make the rounds of the barangays in Pangasinan soon to convince parents from the less privileged families to send their children to college and to be able to benefit from the financial grant.

He said the allotment from CHED would take care of the tuition and miscellaneous fees for student. LVM/