Last April 11, 2019 the business office personnel of Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy Foundation College had released the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) allowances to qualified student grantees who were officially enrolled at the Academy in the academic year 2018-2019.
The Academy has 140 qualified student grantees for the said subsidy. Each of them had received the funds ranging from P30,000.00 to P60, 000.00 after their respective tuition and other school fees had been settled. The fund was intended to be used for books, transportation, boarding house , needed school supplies, and miscellaneous personal expenses, including a reasonable allowance for the documented rental or purchase of a personal computer or laptop, and other educational-related expenses.
The TES which is administered by the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Board, is an educational subsidy under Section 7 of the Republic Act 10931 also known as the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.” This subsidy aims to support the cost of tertiary education. It was established for all Filipino students enrolled in undergraduate post-secondary programs of state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs), private higher education institutions (PHEIs) where Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy Foundation College belongs, and all Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs).
The prioritization of the subsidy is granted to any of the following:
- Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA) beneficiaries;
- Students studying in private HEIs, e.g. SKIAFC , in cities/municipalities with no existing SUC or CHED-recognized LUC campus;
- Students from household who belong to the poorest of the poor, poor and near poor based on the DSWD’s National Household Targeting System or Listahanan 2.0, if not yet among Listahanan 1.0, ranked according to per capita household income; and
- Other students ranked according to their per capita income based on document(s) of proof of income.
The subsidy was granted to the Academy since it is the only private HEI in the municipality of Sultan Kudarat with no SUCs or LUCs. The students were asked to submit their enrollment form and the certificate of residency obtained from their respective baranggays as requirements for their application.
Senior high school’s Education Service Contracting (ESC) and Education Voucher System (EVS) grantees will be automatically qualified for the TES once they enroll at the Academy as first year college students.
Registrar Edris B. Mastura; Associate Dean Amier R. Abdulmaguid; VP Datu Ismael V. Mastura, Al-Hadj and President and CEO Atty. Datu Michael O. Mastura are behind the UniFAST Board’s granting of the TES to the Academy. They never failed to attend and to participate in the orientations, meetings, seminars and eventually the signing of the memorandum of agreement at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City last December 17, 2018.