The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is now accepting applications for scholarships under the State Scholarship Program (Full Scholarship and Partial Scholarship) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) for the coming academic year (AY) 2017-2018.

Scholarship is a modality of financial support given to qualified students based on merit or talent. It is different from Grants-in-Aid and Student Loan which are also offered by CHED as part of its regular Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs).


Under the Scholarship Program, applicants may be qualified as a full scholar, partial scholar, or PESFA scholar. To be accepted under the program, the applicant should either be a 1) high school graduate; 2) candidate for graduation; 3) earned units in college; or 4) passer of Alternative Learning System or Philippine Educational Placement Test.


Full scholars will receive financial assistance worth PhP30,000 while partial scholars are set to receive PhP15,000 per academic year. On the other hand, PESFA scholars will receive PhP15,000.


Since the program is merit-based, CHED will consider the academic performance of the applicant. Aside from this, he or she will have to submit the annual gross income of his or her parents/guardians.


CHED will accept the applications of incoming freshmen and applicants with earned units in colleges through its Regional Offices. All applications must be submitted to CHED. The deadline of submission of requirements is on April 28, 2017.


Last year, a total of 2,368 students qualified under SSP and PESFA. 988 students qualified as full scholars, 690 were accepted as partial scholars while another 690 became PESFA scholars.


To know more about the State Scholarship Program, visit or refer to CHED Memorandum Order No. 13, series of 2014 – Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs).