Students from the University of the Philippines (UP) come from all walks of life. Some of them may not be able to afford to pay the full tuition and other expenses to complete their academic requirements. As the UP community transitions to remote learning, other forms of learning assistance are needed to respond to the changing times.
To expand the support to financially-challenged students and expedite the processing support for academic activities, the University developed the Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS). The SLAS is an expansion of the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online). The UP designed the SFA Online in 2014 to accept applications for tuition subsidy and allowance. Beginning on 7 September 2020, UP students may apply directly for financial support and learning assistance in the SLAS Online (slasonline.up.edu.ph). The expanded System will gather information on students’ financial capacity, connectivity situation and connectivity options, and learning assistance requirements to help the University determine the support to be extended to the applicant.
For AY 2020-2021, the SLAS Online will support applications to the following learning assistance programs:
Learning Assistance for Remote Learning
In support of remote learning, the University is providing academic support to college students who would apply for learning assistance through the SLAS. Students from low-income households shall receive monthly Internet Connection to support academic instruction and learning activities this Academic Year. Based on their updated application information, students from the most vulnerable families shall be offered gadgets on top of their Internet connectivity subsidy.
UP undergraduate students, including those enrolled in Law and Medicine, are eligible for remote learning assistance.
To accommodate UP students in need of learning assistance in AY 2020-2021, the SLAS Online will accept applications beginning 23 September 2020.
Learning Assistance Application Deadline
2 October 2020
Release of Results
3 October 2020
Submission of Appeals
4-7 October 2020
Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP)
UP created the Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP) to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment, based on the household’s paying capacity to which a student belongs. Through the GIAP, UP may subsidize a portion of the full cost required during enrollment and, in some instances, grant additional subsidy to waive miscellaneous fees and grant monthly cash allowances.
The UP GIAP is open to undergraduate students, including students enrolled in Law and Medicine.
Tertiary Education Subsidy
The Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) is a financial assistance program managed by the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST).
The TES grants cash allowance for one academic year to undergraduate students from low-income households. To process applications to TES, Scholarship personnel use the information submitted by students in SLAS Online. The University endorses SLAS Online applicants who meet the TES requirements of UniFAST.
Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng Iskolar ng Bayan Program
To expand the support to financially-challenged students accessing remote learning tools, UP launched the Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng Iskolar ng Bayan Program. Kaagapay has mobilized the private sector to donate computing devices that will be made available to those who applied for learning assistance.
UP undergraduate students, including those enrolled in Law and Medicine, are eligible for the program. The University uses the information submitted by students in SLAS Online to determine the Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral program’s beneficiaries.
Donor-funded Scholarship Programs
Donor-funded Scholarship Programs are financial assistance programs funded by private individuals and other organizations. Different campuses of the University manage these programs.
Applicants to donor-funded scholarship programs must submit application forms to Scholarship and Financial Assistance units on their campus. To process applications, Scholarship personnel use the information submitted by students in SLAS Online. Slots are assigned to SLAS Online applicants that match the requirements provided in the donor-funded scholarship program guidelines.
Students can apply for financial assistance to Donor-funded Scholarship Programs through the Scholarship Offices in their respective campuses.