CHED Scholarship: Requirements, Application Procedure and Benefits

The CHED Scholarship Program (CSP) was created for incoming freshmen or graduating high school students in the Philippines. This makes it possible for everyone, especially worthy and disadvantaged students, to have access to an education.

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Princewill Princewill October 24, 2022
Updated 2022/10/24 at 2:56 PM
CHED Scholarship
CHED Scholarship

The CHED Scholarship Program (CSP) was created for incoming freshmen or graduating high school students in the Philippines.

The CHED under Republic Act No. 7722 has the mandate to provide financial assistance through scholarships to qualified and deserving students

It offers state scholarship programs (full and partial scholarships) and private education student financial assistance (PESFA).  

According to its Long Development Plan, the CHED makes provisions for access and equity by establishing and maintaining scholarships and grants for poor and deserving Filipinos.

As we go on in this article, I will be explaining more details about the scholarship, as it is important to have all the necessary information before you apply.

Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)

The Commission on Higher Education is a Philippine government agency attached to the Office of the President of the Philippines for administrative purposes.

It incorporates degree-granting programs in all post-secondary educational institutions across the nation, as well as both public and private higher education schools.

Republic Act No. 7722, often known as the Higher Education Act of 1994 and written by Senator Francisco Tatad, established the CHED on May 18, 1994.

The Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) presented a comprehensive plan for reforming the nation’s educational system in 1992, which included the establishment of CHED.

The trifocalization of the education industry was one of the main changes. The Department of Education (DepEd), which oversees basic education; the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), which oversees tertiary and graduate education; and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which oversees technical-vocational and middle-level education.

The establishment of CHED was to construct a comprehensive, adequate, and integrated higher education system. Its main objectives were;

  • Ensure that students cherish academic freedom as guaranteed by the Constitution.
  • Provide for more relevant direction for education in governance.
  • Safeguard academic independence to maintain intellectual freedom, advancement of study and research and enhancement of historical and cultural heritage.

The list of scholarship programs and services offered by CHED includes;

  • Cash Grant to Medical Students in State Universities and Colleges (CGMS-SUCs)
  • Centers of Excellence and Centers of Developments (CEOs/CODs)
  • Faculty Development Program (FacDev)
  • Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation (ETEEAP)
  • Foreign Scholarship and Training Programs (FSTP)
  • National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES)

The CHED Scholarship Program’s primary goal is to give college students who are now enrolled or who want to enroll in accredited colleges, universities, or even higher education institutions financial support. 

The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on merit.

2,368 students qualified for SSP and PESFA funding last year. The 690 partial scholars and the 690 PESFA scholars were selected among the 988 students who met the requirements for full scholars.

Through its regional offices, CHED accepts applications from incoming freshmen and candidates who have earned units in institutions.

Highlights Of Scholarship Program 

Name of the scheme: CHED Scholarship Program

Launched by: Commission on Higher Education

Launched for: Students

Benefits: Monetary

Mode of application: Online

Course Offered 

Not all courses are offered in the CHED Scholarship program.

The following are the CHED priority courses that eligible recipients should enroll in:

Engineering and Technology

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering / Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Food Engineering
  • Geodetic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing / Production Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technology
  • Aviation Related Programs
  • Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Information Technology Education

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Entertainment and Multimedia Computing / Game Development and Animation
  • Information System
  • Information Technology
  • Library and Information Science

Science and Mathematics

  • Applied Physics / Physics
  • Mathematics / Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics/ Statistics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Architecture
  • Fine Arts
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Environmental Planning

Business and Management

  • Accountancy
  • Business Analytics (straight major)
  • Hospitality Management/ Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Tourism Management/ Tourism

Maritime Education

  • Maritime Engineering, Marine Transportation

Teacher Education

  • Secondary Education major in Science and Mathematics
  • Culture and Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Needs Education
  • Sports and Exercise Science

Health Profession Education

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Doctor Of Optometry
  • Medical Technology / Medical Laboratory Science
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology

Social Sciences

  • Community Development
  • Human Services (Guidance and Counseling)
  • Indigenous Peoples Studies/ Education
  • Peace Studies/ Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Multi and Interdisciplinary Cluster

  • Agribusiness
  • Agroforestry
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Disaster Risk Management/ Climate Change
  • Renewable / Sustainable Energy
  • GIIS Global Citizen Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must be a Filipino citizen;
  2. Graduating high school student or high school graduate with a general average
  3. General Weighted Average (GWA)
  • For the Full State Scholarship Program (FSSP) and Full Private Education Student Financial Assistance (FPESPA), GWA must be 96% or above.
  • For half-SSP and half-PESPA, GWA must be 93% but not more than 95%.
  1. Must have a combined annual gross income of parents/guardian which does not exceed Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (PHP 400,000).  
  2. In cases where the income exceeds the limit, the applicant must present a medical certificate of illness of a family member, or school certifications of two or more dependents enrolled in college.
  3. Candidates must be a recipient of only the CHED Scholarship program.

Documents Required for CHED Scholarship


  • A birth certificate authentic copy that has been certified.


  • An accurate copy of a high school transcript that has been duly validated for college freshman (High School Graduate).
  • For pupils graduating from high school, a legally verified  copy of their grades for Grade 11 and the first semester of Grade 12.


The student-applicants shall submit any of the following documents:

  • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardian;
  • Certificate of Tax Exemption from Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR);
  • Certificate of Indigence either from their Barangay or Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
  • Case Study report from DSWD
  • The latest copy of the contract or proof of income may be considered for children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and seafarers.

Special Cases

If you belong to any of the following, kindly upload or attach a valid certification certifying that you are:

  • Persons with Disability (PWD) under RA 7277
  • Solo Parent and/or their dependents under RA 8972
  • Underprivileged and homeless citizen under RA 7279
  • Senior Citizen under RA 9994
  • Indigenous People under RA 8371 CHED Priority Courses Effective Academic

Application Procedure

To apply for the scholarship scheme, you have to follow the further mentioned steps:

  • Click the given links as per the region you belong to. Each region will have its own specific application link. 

Please follow the link according to your region:

Region 1-
Region 2-
Region 3-
Region 4-
Region 5-
Region 6-
Region 7 –
Region 8-
Region 9-
Region 10-
Region 11-
Region 12-
BARMM (link not yet available)

  • The application form will open on the computer screen
  • Fill the details in the application form as asked on the screen
  • Complete the application, upload the signed documents
  • Review the details you entered and submit the application form 

CHED Scholarship Financial Allowances

The educational expenses shall be covered by the financial assistance under this CMO. A stipend will be given directly to the scholars per semester, as well as a study allowance until the completion of the degree program. 

The approved proposed financial assistance package for the full and half merit scholars per semester is detailed as follows:



CHED Scholarship
CHED Scholarship


Responsibilities of a CHED Scholar

You must enroll in approved priority programs at state universities and colleges or private higher education institutions with a certificate of program compliance if you are a CHED scholar.

If you are a full scholar, you must be a regular student and maintain a GPA of at least 85% or equivalent; if you are a half scholar, you must maintain a GPA of at least 80% or comparable.

The scholarship funding may be terminated if the GPA is not maintained. However, within 15 days after receiving notification of your GPA result, you may submit an appeal for review to the CHED Regional Office.


Students who are enrolled in accredited public or private higher education institutions are eligible for the CHED Scholarship (HEIs).

This makes it possible for everyone, especially worthy and disadvantaged students, to have access to an education.

According to CMO No. 1 s. 2104, qualified beneficiaries must enroll in or be enrolled in any CHED priority courses.

Students also get financial aid ranging from PHP 15,000 to PHP 30,000 every semester, depending on the program for which they are eligible.

Check your document’s accuracy as well, since only individuals who have complete documents and at least a 93% GWA are permitted to access the online application.

However, on March 7, 2022, the Commission of Higher Education issued a memorandum stating that the scholarship program will not be available to incoming first-year college students in 2022–2023.

Visit the official website to stay up to date with information regarding the application opening date. The comment section will be open for your opinions and suggestions. Feel free to share your experience while applying for the scholarship.

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