Do you know that all Grade 10 students who had graduated in public schools are entitled to a DepEd voucher worth P17,500 in any schools of their choice anywhere in the Philippines?
What is a Voucher System?
Voucher system refers to the program initiated by the Department of Education to support Grade 10 completers (Junior High School) or incoming Senior High School students who wants to enroll in non-DepEd schools, such as Private High Schools, Colleges and Universities, Local Universities and Colleges (LUC), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) or Technical and Vocational Schools which started last school year 2016-17.
With the voucher program, an incoming Senior High School student (grade 11), with the guidance of their parents and mentors, can have the choice of what course or line of interest to pursue with, in relevance to their needs or career goals. The voucher system enables the student to claim a “discount” or a deduction charged by a non-DepEd SHS he may enroll to cover tuition fees and some incidental charges. This voucher subsidy will not be given directly to the student as a form of cash but will be disbursed by DepEd to non-DepEd school he or she is enrolled.
Who are qualified in the SHS Voucher program?
- Public grade 10 completers and Grade 10 completers from Private Schools who are Education Service Contracting (ESC) grantees in JHS are automatically qualified and need not apply for a voucher system.
- Students who are automatically voucher recipients;
- Completers of Public JHS will receive 100% of the total allocated amount
- ESC JHS completers will receive 80% of the voucher amount
Grade 10 completers who are not ESC grantees, may apply but the application is subject to review and approval. If qualified, the student will receive 80% of the voucher amount.
Regardless if a student is a private or public JHS completers, a qualified voucher recipient who enrolls in Local Universities and College or in State University & Colleges, he/she is entitled to a 50% of the voucher amount.
How much is the voucher?
The voucher amount differs from location a student will enroll
P22,000 – for public/ JHS completers who will enroll in a private SHS located in the National Capital Region, while recipients from private JHS will receive 80% of the voucher amount or equivalent to P18,000. Those who completed JHS in public or private school and enrolls in LUC or SUC’s will receive 50% or equivalent to P11,000.
P20,000 – for public/JHS completers who will enroll in a private SHS located in Highly Urbanized Cities but not located in the NCR Region. Voucher recipients from private JHS will receive 80% or P16,000, while those enrolling in SUCs and LUCs, regardless if they completed JHS in a public or private school will receive 50% or P10,000.
P17,500 – Voucher recipient from public/JHS who will enroll in a private SHS located in cities and municipalities outside NCR and are not HUCs will receive P17,500. Voucher recipients from private schools will receive 80% or equivalent to P14,000, while those enrolling in SUCs and LUCs, regardless they had completed in JHS in public or private school will receive 50% or equivalent toP8,750.
Can I still be a recipient of SHS Voucher program?
Contrary to the circulating humor, claiming that the voucher program will cease to accommodate recipients in the school year 2017-2018, on October 28, 2016, DepEd issued Department Order no. 66, series of 2016 assuring completers of JHS which also provide clear and detailed guidelines in the implementing process related to the application for vouchers from prequalification to redemption.
For more inquiries in the voucher system program, you may go to DepEd’s website; firstname.lastname@example.org or relay your concerns at contact info (02) 636-1663/ 636-1942 or mobile (063) 919 456 0027.
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