What is STS?
In the University of the Philippines (UP), all students receive financial support from the National Government since the full tuition is much lower than the cost of education in the University. Given that students in UP come from all walks of life, there are those who may not be able to afford paying the full tuition. So UP created the Socialized Tuition System (STS) which provides tuition discount at rates that are based on the assessment of the paying capacity of the household to which a student belongs. This assessment looks at the income as well as the socio-economic characteristics of the household.
The current STS was approved by the UP Board of Regents on 13 December 2013.
UP students who wish to apply for tuition discounts under the STS must supply the information about the income and socio-economic characteristics of their household. The application is done online. Using the information submitted by the students, the University may grant tuition discounts and, in certain cases, monthly stipends, according to the tables below:
|Tuition Discount Level||Tuition Discount||Tuition in Pesos(₱)||Other Financial Assistance|
|Partial Discount 33%||33%||₱1000/Unit|
|Partial Discount 33%||60%||₱600/Unit|
|Partial Discount 33%||80%||₱300/Unit|
|Full Discount||100%||Free Tuition||Free miscellaneous fees free laboratory fees|
|Full Discount + Stipend||100%||Free Tuition||Free miscellaneous fees free laboratory fees monthly stipend|
Tuition discounts and other financial assistance from STS shall be for one academic year, renewable annually.
Incoming Freshmen (student number beginning 2014 and incoming MD and JD students) who will be granted Full Discount + Stipend will receive ₱3,500 monthly allowance for two semesters. The said monthly allowance may be in the form of cash, dormitory privilege, and/or meal coupon.
Upperclassmen (students admitted to the university before 2014) at the same level shall receive ₱2,400 monthly allowance for two semesters.
|Tuition Brackets: Annual Gross Income Cut- Offs|
Annual Gross Income Cut- Off
|C||₱325,001 to ₱ 650,000|
|D||₱135,001 to ₱325,000|
|E1||₱80,001 to ₱135,000|
|E2||₱80,000 and below|
Tuition and Miscellaneous Fee
The tuition per unit for the constituent university or campus will remain as follows:
|Constituent University/ Campus|
|Tuition Bracket||UP Diliman, UP Los Banos, UP Manila (per unit)||UP Baguio, UP Mindanao, UP San Fernando, UP Visayas (per unit)|
|E1 & E2||0||0|
In the present system, brackets A-D pay the full rate of miscellaneous fees, as indicated below, while brackets E1 and E2 pay no miscellaneous fees. This will remain under STS 2013.
|Constituent University/ Campus||Miscellaneous Fees|
|UP Diliman, UP Los Banos||2,000|
|UP Baguio, UP San Fernando, UP Visayas||1,405|
Who can apply?
To qualify for tuition discounts from ST, the student must:
- 1. Be a Filipino;
2. Be a bona fide undergraduate student. Except for students of Law and Medicine, the applicant must not have a bachelor's degree. For new students, the applicant must have an admission slip;
3. Never have been adjudged guilty of any offense that carries a penalty of more than 30 days suspension; and
4. Be in need of financial assistance as determined by the University.
- 1. Visit http: //sts.up.edu.ph/ (http: //sts.up.edu.ph/) and log in using your ST Account:
o New students: Student No. (20xx-xxxxx) + 5 digit PIN
o Upperclassmen: UP Manila account (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Indicate your intent to apply and your consent to the terms and conditions of ST.
3. Complete your Student Profile with information about yourself and your parents/guardian and siblings.
4. Answer the Household Characteristics questionnaire.
5. Accomplish the Household Income form.
6. Review all entries before proceeding to submission. You cannot view or change your answers after you submit your application.
7. Proceed to submission. You and your parents/guardian need to indicate consent to the terms and conditions of the application.
8. Confirm submission of your ST application.
ST applicants are not required to submit any documents (e.g. income tax return, employment contract, etc.) to complete the application process. Results will be released according to the posted schedule.
You may view the results by logging into http: //sts.up.edu.ph/ (http: //sts.up.edu.ph/) using your account. Check out the Announcements tab for any updates during the application period.
ST applicants may be in special situations where they may need additional financial assistance. They may file an APPEAL to inform the ST Office about these circumstance and to request these to be considered in the grant of tuition discounts.
To file an appeal, follow these steps:
- 1. View announcements on appeal process at http: //sts.up.edu.ph/
2. Log in using your ST Account.
3. Indicate your consent with the terms and conditions of ST.
4. Fill out the ST Appeal questionnaire.
5. Indicate your complete permanent address. Vicinity map, and landmarks near your home.
6. Save your appeal and review your entries.
7. Review all entries before you finally submit your appeal. You cannot view or change your answers after you submnit your appeal.
8. Confirm submission of your appeal.
Results will be released according to the schedule set by the ST Office and the ODSA/OSA/OVCSA/OSSS in your campus.
Students can view results by logging into http: //sts.up.edu.ph/ using their student number and PIN.
Terms and Conditions before applying for tuition discount
The University reserves the right to determine whether the student deserves financial assistance, and the amount and form of assistance. The ST Office, in coordination with the Offices of Student Affairs (OSAs) and the Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS), will organize a fact finding team to check information submitted by the applicants. ST privileges may be withdrawn when a student withholds or gives false information, without prejudice to other penalties that may be imposed by the University.
All information supplied in the application will be kept secure and confidential. All information may be used by the University for research, with the assurance that personal details of the applicant will be kept secure.