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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Educational Assistance

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provides educational assistance for indigent students, but offers no scholarship programs. The agency provides minimal educational assistance for indigent students who need help in addressing school related expenses. The educational assistance is part of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) which forms part of the package of the Protective Services Program (PSP) of the DSWD.


DSWD provides intervention to individuals, families and communities in difficult and vulnerable situations. Under the AICS, indigent students may avail of the educational assistance by presenting their assessment form/certificate of enrolment/registration for the current school semester, validated school ID, and a barangay certificate of indigency.


For elementary and high school students, the educational assistance may be secured only once, and that would be every enrolment period. Indigent college students, however, may seek assistance every semester.


DSWD made it clear that they do not offer any scholarship program, but only educational assistance for the indigent students. It is not within the mandate of the agency to implement scholarship programs, but they can provide minimal educational assistance to help address school related expenses.


Aside from the DSWD Central Office, poor students nationwide may avail of the educational assistance at the different regional offices of the Department.  However, DSWD clarified that the on-site processing is only implemented by the DSWD Central Office.




Certificate of Enrolment

Barangay Certification/ Indigency/ any valid ID

Referral/ Endorsement letter from legislator, if applicable

Social Case Study Report (optional)



Processing time

For cash outright, maximum of 45 minutes per client

For issuance of guarantee or referral letter, maximum of 15 to 20 minutes per client

For processing of check, at least 3 to 5 days



How to avail of the service?

Step 1. Get a stub number and register the name with the guard on duty.


Step 2. Proceed to the CIU office and wait for the number to be called for screening.


Step 3. Interview/ assessment for the assistance needed.


Step 4. Recommendation/ action taken for the assistance requested.


Step 5. Review and approval of the Officer In Charge to the Social Worker’s recommendation for the assistance being requested by the client.


Step 6. Client will receive the approved assistance whether financial/ guarantee/ referral letter.


Step 7. Affix your signature as proof for the Disbursing Office of the assistance given to you.



Further reading, https://ncr.dswd.gov.ph/about-us/citizens-charter/assistance-to-individuals-in-crisis-situations/


See the PDF below for more information




Pilot implementation of on-site processing

To prevent students from being inconvenienced by having to travel to DSWD Central Office to avail of the assistance, the Department piloted its on-site processing of educational assistance to seven State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the National Capital Region in the first semester of 2017.


These were Quezon City Polytechnic University; University of Caloocan City; Colegio de Montalban; San Mateo Municipal College; University of Rizal System Rodriguez Campus; Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)- QC Campus; and Valenzuela City Polytechnic College.


Students from these schools were noted to be regular beneficiaries of educational assistance.


Further reading, https://www.dswd.gov.ph/no-scholarship-program-but-educational-assistance-for-indigent-students-dswd/



On-site processing mechanics

For the on-site processing mechanism, the DSWD conducts the assessment in coordination with the Office of Students Affairs (OSA) of the target schools.  The schools’ OSA are requested to identify and submit a list of potential student-beneficiaries to the Department.


Indigent students who have no existing scholarship grants and those who have not availed of the educational assistance from the previous semesters are given priority.


Aside from the DSWD Central Office, poor students nationwide may avail of the educational assistance at the different regional offices of the Department.  However, DSWD clarified that the on-site processing is only implemented by the DSWD Central Office.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has clarified that it does not offer scholarships but instead provides educational assistance to poor Filipino students.


DSWD Educational Assistance


Submit your application to

Any DSWD office near you


Main Office

Department of Social Welfare and Development

National Capital Region

389 San Rafael Street corner Legarda Street,

Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines

Telephone: 02 733 0010 to 18

Email: foncr@dswd.gov.ph



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2 Comments on “DSWD Educational Assistance | Philippine Scholarship”

    1. Meron po yan every year. Ano pong region kayo? Ask na lang po ang region na DSWD ninyo dahil may fund allocation po yan.

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