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Cost of Colleges and Universities in the Philippines 2016

To quote the great man Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” But the sad reality of life is that good education does not come cheap. For most average income families, paying for your children’s tuition and other miscellaneous school expenses can put a major strain on your finances each year. How major the financial strain depends on which college or university your children attend, which course they’re taking up, and how much they spend for daily living allowance and other miscellaneous expenses. How much does it cost to send your child to a good college or university here in the Philippines today? These are the whopping figures.

College / University Tuition Per Year Other Fees
Enderun Colleges ₱250,000 to ₱320,000 Basic tuition for local students:  ₱116,000
Basic tuition for foreign students:  ₱150,000
University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) ₱225,000 to ₱300,000 ₱112,000 per semester (23 units)
De La Salle University (DLSU) ₱196,000 to ₱230,000 ₱65,000 (Education) to ₱77,000 (Engineering) per trimester (x3 per school year)
Center for International Education (CIE) ₱180,000 to ₱280,000 ₱142,000 per semester; ₱89,000 per semester for CIE Filipino National Scholars
De La Salle College of St. Benilde (DLSU CSB) ₱180,000 to ₱240,000 ₱60,000 to ₱80,000 per trimester
iAcademy ₱181,000 to ₱211,000 ₱60,000 to ₱70,000 per trimester
Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) ₱180,000 ₱90,000 per semester
San Beda College ₱146,000 to ₱155,000 ₱73,000 to ₱77,000 per semester
Miriam College ₱120,000 to ₱160,000 ₱60,000 to ₱80,000 per semester
Mapua Institute of Technology ₱130,000 to ₱140,000 ₱35,000 per quarter (x4 quarters per school year)


If your child is a budding chef, or wants to a career in the hotel and restaurant industry, culinary and hospitality school Enderun Colleges in McKinley Hill, Taguig, can provide them with some of the best training and education in the country. A semester of 18 units in a span of 18 weeks will cost around ₱116,000. That’s excluding miscellaneous fees for seminars, as well as I.T. and laboratory fees. If you will include dorm fees, that will be another ₱17,500 to ₱35,000 per month.

The University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City offers courses in Arts and Sciences, Communication, Management, Economics, Education and Human Development, as well as Science and Engineering. A year of schooling in this private university will cost around ₱112,000 per semester for 23 units.

If you prefer to send your child to De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila, prepare to spend as much as ₱77,000 per term, per year. The cheapest course offered at this university is Education, which costs around ₱65,000 per term. The most expensive are the Engineering courses, which cost around ₱77,000 per term. Do take note that there are three terms per school year at DLSU.

The Centre for International Education, a British school with campuses located in Cebu, Makati, and Tacloban, offers both basic and higher education. A semester in this school will cost around ₱142,000. However, if you get accepted as a CIE scholar, a semester will cost only around ₱89,000. The steep price is largely due to the school’s trendsetting innovations when it comes to instruction and education.

Another option for a college is the De La Salle College of St. Benilde in Taft Avenue, Manila. This college offers plenty of courses, like Hotel and Restaurant Management, Design and Arts, Multi-Disciplinary Studies, Management and Information Technology, and even Deaf Education and Applied Studies. One term costs around ₱60,000 to ₱80,000. Just like De La Salle University, DLS-CSB  has three terms per school year.

iAcademy in Makati City is another option for a good college if you want your child to turn his or her love of computer and technology into a career. It offers courses in software engineering, game programming and design, web development, animation, multimedia arts, and even fashion design and technology. Attending this small yet state-of-the-art college will cost around ₱60,000 to ₱70,000 per term. That’s three terms per school year, as well.

If you have your sights set on Ateneo de Manila University, prepare to pay at least ₱90,000 per semester. Basic tuition is at around ₱64,000, plus other fees of about ₱25,000. Tuition and fees can be paid in two or four instalments.

In San Beda College, Manila, a school year with two terms per year will cost about ₱146,000 to ₱155,000. A school year in Miriam College in Quezon City will cost around ₱120,000 to ₱160,000 depending on the course. While a whole school year in the Mapua Institute of Technology will cost around ₱130,000 to ₱140,000.

However, the University of the Philippines offers world class education at a fraction of the cost of tuition in these ten colleges and universities. For an arts and social science course in UP, the annual tuition plus fees will cost around ₱50,000. Families who fall under a certain income bracket can pay even less, ranging from ₱1,000 to ₱300 per unit, or even ₱0 per unit.

Besides the basic tuition that colleges and universities charge upon enrolment, there will also be charges for registrations, activity fees, and laboratory or equipment rentals. You should also include expenses on school materials, uniform and clothing allowance, transportation allowance, mobile phone top-ups, and food allowance for each day your child goes to school. And if the school is located too far from where you reside, you may also have to pay for your child’s dorm or boarding house.

These expenses will vary depending on your child’s chosen college and course, as well as the lifestyles that they will have. Don’t let these figures discourage you from giving your children the best education that they deserve. Most colleges and universities offer instalment plans, financial grants, and scholarships as well. You can also apply for a personal loan as an alternative that can assist you financially. Discuss your options with your child and make the decision together. With careful planning and a lot of serious studying, paying for their education, no matter how challenging, will be worth it in the end.

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This article was written by Rouselle Isla.

Rouselle loves the hustle of writing, reading, and creating content. She currently works with different clients on their web content and social media presence.

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