Student Financial Assistance Online

OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

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About SFA Online

Students from the University of the Philippines (UP) come from all walks of life. Some of them may not be able to afford paying the full tuition and other expenses to complete their academic requirements in the University.

To address this, UP, with the support of individuals, government, and private sector organizations, introduced a number of student financial assistance programs that can help students cover the cost of studying in the University.

At present, these financial assistance programs are administered as separate support programs. But this limited the offering of comprehensive financial assistance. For a number of students, financial assistance should allow students to cover not only enrolment but also their daily needs and other requirements to actively participate in academic and extracurricular programs. A unified application process can facilitate creation of comprehensive financial assistance to ensure all students can afford to study in the University.

UP created the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online) to streamline the processing of applications from students who wish to obtain student financial assistance. The SFA Online is a web-based program that collects applications and allows matching and packaging of different financial assistance offerings. It collects and consolidates data on household income as well as the socio-economic characteristics of the household of students. Scholarships and Student Affairs units UP use these data to allocate slots and create complementing financial assistance programs for University students.

The SFA Online is a platform managed by the UP System Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).


Tuition Subsidy and Financial Assistance Programs covered by SFA Online

For AY 2017-2018, the SFA Online will cover applications to the following tuition subsidy & financial assistance programs:

Free Tuition 2017

The program provides tuition subsidy to cover 100% tuition of undergraduate students enrolled in UP. Applications are subject to the prioritization directive of the President of the Philippines and availability of Higher Education Support Fund stated in the Joint Memorandum Circular 2017-1a issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Budget & Management (DBM).

Tuition Subsidy for Medical Students

The program grants tuition subsidy to cover 100% tuition of students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine programs in UP Manila and UP Palo. Tuition Subsidy for Medical Students is governed by Joint Memorandum Circular 2017-4 of CHED and DBM.

Tulong Dunong Grant

The program provides P 12,000 cash allowance per academic year to qualified undergraduate student. The amount is intended to cover the cost of attending college in AY 2017-2018. The implementation of the grant is directed by Joint Memorandum Circular 2017-3 of CHED and DBM.

Socialized Tuition System

UP created the Socialized Tuition System (ST System) to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment, based on the paying capacity of the household to which a student belongs. The University may waive a portion or the full cost required during enrollment and, in certain cases, grant miscellaneous fee waiver and monthly cash allowance. The program covers undergraduate students, including students enrolled in Law and Medicine. The ST System was approved by the UP Board of Regents on 16 December 2013.

In the future, the OSFA will expand the programs covered by SFA Online to provide timely information and expedite the processing of applications to scholarships, grants-in-aid, student assistantships, and other student financial assistance programs in UP.

SFA Online Application

Who can apply

The SFA Online accepts applications from:

  1. Filipino students
  2. Bonafide undergraduate UP students, including those enrolled in Law and Medicine programs of UP. Except for students of Law and Medicine, the applicant must not have a bachelor’s degree. For new students, the applicant must have an admission slip.
  3. Students in need of financial assistance as determined by the guidelines that govern these programs.

Application Process

Applicants may be required to upload scanned copies of documents (e.g. income tax return, employment contract) to complete the application process.


Application Requirements

Some programs may require uploading of tax or other scanned copies of documents to complete the application process.

When applying for tuition subsidy granted by the Free Tuition 2017 and Tuition Subsidy for Medical Students, you will be asked to provide information about your household and upload documents of the household members responsible for financing your education.

We will need information on the taxable income and the scanned copies (PDF or image files) of any of the following BIR tax forms filed for calendar year 2016:

  • BIR Form 1700 (pages 1 & 2 only)
  • BIR Form 1701 (pages 1 & 2 only)
  • BIR Form 2316 (page 1 only)
  • BIR Certificate of Exemption from Filing, if the household member responsible for financing your education is not required to file tax returns

You must submit documents for every household member responsible for financing your education.

If you, your guardian, or your parents do not file with the BIR, applicants must submit any of the following:

  • Certificate of indigency recently issued by the Barangay where the household is located
  • Certificate of indigency recently issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Recently issued Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW) Certificate or OFW Employment Contract of the household member responsible for financing your education
  • Any government-issued document that indicates the 2016 annual income earnings of the household members responsible for financing your education.

Tulong Dunong and ST System applicants must also provide household information but are not required to submit any document to complete the application process.


Terms and conditions before applying

UP reserves the right to determine whether the student deserves tuition subsidy and financial assistance. The OSFA, in coordination with the Offices of Student Affairs (OSAs) and the Office of Scholarship and Student Services (OSSS), will organize fact-finding teams to check information submitted by applicants. Tuition subsidy and other financial assistance may be withdrawn when a student withholds or gives false information, without prejudice to corrective measures that may be imposed by the University.

All information supplied in the SFA Online will be kept secure and confidential. The University may use the information for research, with the assurance that personal details of the applicants will be kept secure.

User Accounts

Students can log in to SFA Online using either their student number (and its corresponding password) or UP Mail (@up.edu.ph) account.

Student Number and PIN/Password (Password-based Accounts)

This is the only way to log in if you don't have your own UP Mail account, which is why password-based accounts are initially issued to the following students:

  • UPCAT Qualifiers
  • Incoming freshmen with newly-issued Admission Slips
  • Incoming freshmen who deferred enrolment in previous years
  • Incoming Medicine and Law students who are not yet registered in the system
  • Transferees from other schools
  • Students without admission slips but have been accepted by a UP unit as an incoming undergraduate student

Where do I get my password? If you are an UPCAT qualifier from the previous year, then your password is the 5-digit PIN included in your admission slip. Otherwise, please contact the SFA Helpdesk in your campus to create your account.

Forgot your password? Use the Forgot Password feature to get a password reset link. You can also set your own password using the Change Password feature that's available when you're logged in.


UP Mail Accounts

This is the recommended way to log in if you have your personal UP Mail account (e.g. [email protected]).

I tried to log in but the system said I'm not registered. If you can log in using your student number and password, then you can use the Link UP Mail feature to link your UP Mail to your existing SFA Online account. Otherwise, you need to contact the SFA Helpdesk in your campus to register your account in the system.

My UP Mail username recently changed and now I can't log in. Please contact the SFA Helpdesk in your campus to update the UP Mail account linked to your student number.

Forgot your UP Mail password? If you're in UP Diliman, you can email [email protected] or go to Vidal A. Tan Hall to reset your password for your UP Mail account. Contact your local Computer/IT Center if you're in another campus. Be ready to present your latest Form 5 and UP ID for verification

No UP Mail account? Send an email to [email protected] to request for your personal UP Mail account. Please include your latest Form 5 and UP ID.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is SFA Online the same as Socialized Tuition System (ST System)?

No. The SFA Online is a program to collect applications, match financial needs with financial support, and package multiple programs into one comprehensive financial support. The ST System is just one of the financial assistance programs offered through SFA Online.

I am applying to Free Tuition 2017. Do I need to submit documents to complete my application?

Free Tuition 2017 is governed by CHED & DBM Joint Memo Circular 2017-1A. The program requires the submission of tax and other documents to complete your application.

I am applying to Free Tuition 2017. How are applications evaluated?

Free Tuition 2017 is governed by CHED & DBM Joint Memo Circular 2017-1A. Applications are evaluated based on submitted income information, tax documents, and/or other documents. Grantees are determined based on the prioritization directive and availability of funds indicated in the Joint Memo Circular.

I am applying to the Tulong Dunong Grant. Why can't I submit applications to ST System?

Tulong Dunong grant is governed by CHED & DBM Joint Memo Circular 2017-3. The Joint Memo Circular provides that grantees of the Tulong Dunong program cannot enjoy other government-funded financial assistance, except for Free Tuition 2017.

If you wish to apply for tuition subsidy and cash allowance, you are advised to click the Free Tuition 2017/Socialized Tuition and Tulong Dunong options of SFA Online.

I am applying to the Tuition Subsidy for Med Students program. Why can't I also apply to ST System?

Tuition Subsidy for Med Students is governed by CHED & DBM Joint Memo Circular 2017-4. The Joint Memo Circular provides that grantees of the program cannot enjoy other government-funded financial assistance.

Do I need to submit documents for all members of my household?

No. You only need to submit tax and other documents of members of your household who finance your education when applying for Free Tuition 2017 and Tuition Subsidy for Med Students. For other household members who do not contribute, you can select n/a for the document type.

Where do I send my application to the ST System?

Students applying for tuition subsidy and financial assistance from the ST System must log in and fill out the forms in SFA Online.

Who can apply for tuition subsidy and financial assistance through SFA Online?

In general, UP undergraduate students and UP Med students can submit applications through SFA Online. Eligibility for financial support will be based on the policies that govern the individual programs (e.g. CHED & DBM Joint Memo Circular 2017-1A for Free Tuition 2017).

Can UP Open University students apply for tuition subsidy and financial assistance?

Yes. UP Open University students may submit applications to Free Tuition 2017 and/or Tulong Dunong through SFA Online.

Can UP Law students apply for tuition subsidy and financial assistance?

Yes. Law students may submit applications to Free Tuition 2017 and/or ST System through SFA Online.

I can't log in using my Student Number & PIN/Password.

Should you encounter log-in problems, contact your campus Student Financial Assistance Helpdesk regarding your concerns.

I can't log in using my UP Mail (e.g. [email protected])?

If you are from UP Diliman, you can ask for assistance regarding your UP Mail account from the UP Mail Helpdesk ([email protected]). If you are from other UP campuses, contact your local Computer/IT Center. Be ready to present your latest Form 5 and UP ID for verification.

If you have an existing UP Mail account and you have never logged in to ST System, you need to contact the Student Financial Assistance Helpdesk in your campus to register your account.

Do I need to log in to SFA Online?

Yes. You must log in to indicate your intent to apply/not to apply to any financial assistance program in UP.

Why does my UP Mail redirect me to Google/Gmail?

UP Mail (e.g. [email protected]) is an email service available to all UP students, faculty, and staff. This email service is exclusively provided to UP for FREE by Google.

Your UP Mail account is linked to your SFA Online account. You are redirected to Google/Gmail to authenticate your account.

Other Student Financial Assistance Programs

UP offers a number of services to address financial needs of students aside from the programs managed by SFA Online.

Interested students may contact the Student Financial Assistance or Student Affairs units in their campus for application requirements and procedures.

Iskolar ng Bayan (Republic Act No. 10648)

UP will admit and offer free tuition and waiver of miscellaneous fees to students (1) who belong to the Top 10 graduates of a public high school, and (2) who graduated from public high schools from the region where a UP constituent university is located. The total number of grantees shall be limited to approximately five (5) percent of previous year’s freshmen enrollees. Once selected, grantees’ tuition and other fees are waived on their first year in UP.

Student and Graduate Assistantships (SAGA)

The UP SAGA is a program for upperclassmen and graduate students to gain experiences on leadership and ethics in the workplace while assisting the University in fulfilling its teaching, research, and public service functions. Student Assistants (SAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs) are given allowances based on hours rendered. Rates are currently at P60/ hour for undergraduate students, P100/hour for Masters students, and P140/hour for Doctorate students.

UP Presidential Scholarship Awards

The UP Presidential Scholarship Award is a competitive scholarship program given to students with outstanding academic accomplishments. Undergraduate students with a general weighted average of at least a “1.75” are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The total number of scholars is limited to the number of slots that are vacant every academic year.

UP Presidential Leadership Awards

The UP Presidential Leadership Award is a competitive scholarship program awarded to students with outstanding leadership achievements. Undergraduate students with a general weighted average of at least “2.75” are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The total number of scholars is limited to the number of slots that are vacant every academic year.

Donor-funded Grants & Scholarships

UP works with individuals, government, and private & civil society agencies to assist students in need of financial support and create incentive programs for outstanding students. Grants and scholarships cater to students in a specific campus and may be available to both undergraduate and graduate students who qualify in these programs.

UP Tuition Loan Program

The program allows students to defer up to 100% of the amount of tuition and other school fees (except student fund). The University charges zero interest on the amount deferred when settled in full before the end of the term. The program also facilitates installment payment during the semester.

SFA Helpdesk

For more information on financial assistance offered by UP, contact the SFA Helpdesk in your campus.

UP Baguio
Office of the Director for Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Dr. Erlinda C. Palaganas (Director)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Grace R. Tovera (Office of Scholarships & Financial Assistance)
Telephone Number: (+6374) 446.5230
Email: [email protected]

UP Cebu
Office of Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Prof. Ellen Grace M. Funesto (Coordinator)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Annie A. Manzano (Scholarship Affairs & Guidance)
Telephone Number: (6332) 232.8185 local 115
Email: [email protected]

UP Diliman - Quezon City
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Prof. Jerwin F. Agpaoa (Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs)
Student Financial Assistance Officers:
- Prof. Niel Kenneth F. Jamandre (Officer-in-Charge, Office of Scholarships & Student Services)
- Ms. Jocelyn N. Aberin (STFAP Section: ST System, SAGA, Student Loans)
- Mr. Aristeo E. Dacanay (Scholarships Section: UP & Donor-Funded Scholarship Programs)
Telephone Numbers: (632) 981.8500 local 4504, 4505, 4506
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

UP Diliman - Pampanga
UP Extension Program in Pampanga
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Mr. Arnulf Roan M. Pita (Coordinator - UP Extension Program in Pampanga)
Telephone Number: (6345) 599.6037
Email: [email protected]

UP Los Banos
Office of Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Dr. Nina M. Cadiz (Director)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Jenette Lory P. Tamayo (Scholarships & Financial Assistance Division)
Telephone Number: (6349)536.3212
Email: [email protected]

UP Manila
Office of Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Dr. Tristan Nathaniel Ramos (Director)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Elena M. Venturina (Scholarships & Financial Assistance Program)
Telephone Number: (632)526.2274
Email: [email protected]

UP Mindanao
Office of Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Mr. Remegio P. Domingo, Jr. (Director)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Analiza S. Fulvadora (Scholarships & Financial Assistance Division)
Telephone Number: (6382)293.1353
Email: [email protected]

UP Open University
Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Dr. Melinda F. Lumanta (Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Prof. Linglingay P. Mcdermott (Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs: Student Affairs)
Telephone Number: (6349) 536.6001 to 6006 local 301, 420, 810
Email: [email protected]

UP Visayas - Iloilo & Miagao
Office of Student Affairs
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Prof. Ruben M. Gamala (Director)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Marites E. Geonanga (Scholarships & Financial Assistance Division in Miagao & Iloilo City)
Telephone Number: (6333) 513.7019
Email: [email protected]

UP Visayas - Tacloban
Head of Student Affairs Unit: Prof. Richard V. Cagara (Coordinator - UP Tacloban)
Student Financial Assistance Officer: Ms. Luz A. Sevilla (Scholarships & Financial Assistance Section in Tacloban)
Telephone Number: (6353)832.3045
Email: [email protected]

About OSFA

The UP System Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) is charged with coordinating the scholarship and financial assistance units in all constituent universities of UP. The OSFA issues policies in order to harmonize financial assistance programs in the University and provides key insights on student profile and concerns to the UP units utilizing the ST System Online and SFA Online databases.

The OSFA is a unit supervised by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, through the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (AVPSA). The OSFA was the former Socialized Tuition Office (STO), which was reorganized in October 29, 2015 in order to formally establish its role as the policy and coordinating unit on student financial assistance programs in the University of the Philippines.

Strategic Direction

As a as policy and coordinating office of the University, the UP OSFA will ensure that no qualified student will be denied access to UP due to insufficiency or lack of financial resources. It will work with student affairs and scholarship units that partner with students in attaining their educational goals in UP.

Strategic Commitment

In the course of supporting UP offices offering financial assistance services, the UP OSFA adheres to the following core values:

  • Commitment to ensuring affordable college education.
  • Maintain simple and efficient processes when providing financial assistance.
  • Commitment to creating a friendly, nurturing learning environment that respects the dignity of students and staff.
  • Supportive to efforts of partners who contribute to the growth of students.
  • Professional when providing financial assistance and related services to UP students and partners of UP.

Contact information

The Office may be reached through the following contact information:

Postal Address
2nd floor Admin Bldg., Acacia Residence Halls
University of the Philippines
Diliman Campus Quezon City
1101 Metro Manila Philippines

Telephone
UP Diliman Trunkline: (632) 981.8500 VoIP 8779
Direct Inward Dialing: (632) 981.8779

Email
[email protected]