In the University of the Philippines (UP), all students receive financial support from the national government. The tuition is much lower than the cost of education you spend on similar universities. Given that the students in UP come from all walks of life, there are those who may not be able to afford paying the full tuition. UP created the Socialized Tuition System (STS) program so they can provide discounts at rates based on the assessment of the paying capacity of the household to which a student belongs. The evaluation of the paying capacity is based on the income as well as the socio-economic characteristics of the household.
The Student Financial Assistance (SFA) online accepts the application from the UP students who are undergraduate students, but are not eligible for Free Higher Education under RA 10931, and would like to request financial assistance through UP’s Socialized Tuition System. Included in this program are the students enrolled in the Juris Doctor and Doctor of Medicine who would like to request financial assistance through the UP’s Socialized Tuition System.
The undergraduate students who would like to request financial assistance through donor funded scholarship programs of UP may also submit entries to SFA online. Applicants to these scholarship programs may still be required to submit accomplished application forms and copies of other documents such as income tax return, employment contract, and more.
The university reserves the right to determine whether the student deserves financial assistance, which may include the amount and the form of assistance. The STS Office, in coordination with the Offices of Student Affairs (OSAs) and the Office of Scholarship and Student Services (OSSS), will organize a fact finding team to check information submitted by the applicants.
STS privileges may be withdrawn when a student withholds or gives false information, without prejudice to other penalties that may be imposed by the university.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 the university for research, with the assurance that personal details of the applicant will be kept secure.
Must be a Filipino
Must be an undergraduate student and not have a bachelor’s degree, except for students of Law and Medicine
In need of financial assistance
No offense that carries a penalty of more than 30 days suspension
How to apply
- Visit https://sts.up.edu.ph/ and log in using your Student Number and 5-digit PIN.
- Indicate your intent to apply and your consent to the terms and conditions of STS.
- Complete your Student Profile with information about yourself and your parents/guardian and siblings.
- Answer the Household Characteristics questionnaire.
- Accomplish the Household Income form.
- Review all entries before proceeding to submission. You cannot view or change your answers after you submit your application.
- Proceed to submission. You and your parents/guardian need to indicate consent to the terms and conditions of the application.
- Confirm submission of your STS application.
Results will be released according to the posted schedule. You may view the results by logging into https://sts.up.edu.ph/ using your account. Check out the Announcements tab for any updates during the application period.
Kindly see the PDF below for better reading. The PDF contains an updated and complete information for you.UP Socialized Tuition System PDF
Further reading, https://www.upm.edu.ph/node/55
The tuition discounts and other financial assistance from the STS shall be for one academic year, renewable annually. The STS has four basic discount categories: Full Discount (FD), Full Discount plus Stipend (FDS), Partial Discount (PD) and No Discount (ND).
Incoming freshmen granted with Full Discount + Stipend will receive P3,500 monthly allowance for 2 semesters. The said monthly allowance may be in the form of cash, dormitory privilege, and/ or meal coupon.
Partial Discounts may vary depending on the constituent unit the student belongs to. For UP Diliman (UPD) students, these range from PD 33 percent (where students pay only P1,000 per unit), PD 60 percent (P600 per unit) to PD 80 percent (P300 per unit).
Students in an FD category are granted a 100 percent tuition discount and their miscellaneous and laboratory fees are waived. Students in the FDS category enjoy the same privilege as students with an FD category plus a monthly stipend.
Freshmen categorized as FDS receive a monthly allowance of P3,500 for two semesters or one academic year. The amount may be in cash or in the form of dormitory privilege or meal coupons.
The upperclassmen at the same level shall receive P2,400 monthly allowance for 2 semesters.
On the other hand, students in the ND category have no discount privileges and instead pay full tuition.
Applicants are not required to submit any document such as income tax returns as part of the application process, but they must review all entries before submitting the application form: changing answers or viewing these are not allowed after confirmation of the application’s submission. Results are released based on a given schedule, which according to Gonzalo may range from a couple of hours to a month, give and take the lag in the system.
Should an applicant need additional financial assistance, he or she can file an appeal at the ST Office. Among those considered in the first phase are the household’s sources of income support (earnings, pension of household members, financial assistance from members and non-members of household) and household consumption patterns.
Considered in phase 2 or appeals are the narrative descriptions of the household circumstances or factors that may prevent students from studying and solutions employed by the household.
Submit your application to
The University of the Philippines near you to which you plan to enroll.