The University of the Philippines has announced that students in need of learning assistance in AY 2020-2021 may now send in their applications to the Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS) Online’s third application round starting on October 22, 2020.
Details of the third round of applications for learning assistance under the SLAS are as follows:
- Learning Assistance Application Period: October 22–28, 2020
- Release of Results: October 29, 2020
- Submission of Appeals: October 29–31, 2020
This was announced in a memorandum from the UP System Office of Student Financial Assistance, dated October 19.
The memorandum also states that undergraduate students, including Juris Doctor and Doctor of Medicine students who were not able to submit their forms in the previous round may do so during this period. Moreover, students whose requests for extended availment of Free Tuition and Other School Fees under RA 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act are also encouraged to apply for learning assistance during this period.
Students applying for assistance through the SLAS Online must use their individual UP email (@up.edu.ph). Students may apply directly for financial support and learning assistance at slasonline.up.ed.ph.
The University developed the SLAS to expand support for financially challenged students and expedite the processing support for academic activities. The SLAS is an expansion of the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online), which was designed in 2014 to accept applications for tuition subsidies and allowances.
For AY 2020-2021, the SLAS Online supports applications for the Learning Assistance for Remote Learning program, which aims to support the remote learning needs of UP students, especially those from low-income households, through monthly Internet connectivity subsidy and gadgets; the Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP), which aims to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment based on the paying capacity of the student’s household ; the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES), a financial assistance program managed by the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST); the Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng Iskolar ng Bayan Program, which is mobilizing the private sector to donate computing devices for students applying for learning assistance; and, the Donor-funded Scholarship Programs, which are financial assistance programs funded by private individuals and other organizations.