Are you thinking about applying for the CHED Merit Scholarship Program for 2024-2025?

This guide is for students who want to apply for the scholarship. It has all the information you need to understand and apply for the CHED Merit Scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

You’ll learn about the application process, who can apply, what documents you need, and when everything is due for the CHED Merit Scholarship in 2024-2025.

Keep reading because, By the end, you’ll have the details you need to apply and pursue this scholarship opportunity.

Brief Overview of the CHED Merit Scholarship Program

The CHED Merit Scholarship Program (CMSP) is a government-funded scholarship that aims to provide support for academically talented students, particularly those belonging to certain special groups such as 

  • underprivileged and homeless citizens (RA 7279), 
  • persons with disability (RA 7277), and 
  • solo parents and/or their dependents (RA 8371). 

This scholarship is available for incoming freshmen who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in any CHED-recognized priority program in either private higher education institutions (HEIs) or State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs).

A qualified student may receive either a full or partial scholarship under the State Scholarship and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA). 

The financial assistance covers not just tuition and other fees but also provides a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.

All in all, the CMSP presents an excellent opportunity for promising Filipino students to pursue their higher education aspirations without having to worry about the financial burden that comes with it.

Eligibility Requirements

Knowing the eligibility requirements is essential if you’re applying for a program or service.

The following are the requirements:

  • Filipino Citizen
  • Graduating High School / High School Student General Weighted Average (GWA)
    • FULL MERIT- at least 96% or its equivalent 
    • HALF MERIT – 93% to 95% or its equivalent
  • MUST enroll in recognized priority programs in Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) or State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)/ or accredited Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) with Certificates of Program Compliance (COPC); 
  • Combined Annual Gross Income of parents/guardian not to exceed Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 400,000), or Solo Parent/ guardian whose annual gross income does not exceed the said amount.
  • Avail of only ONE government funded financial assistance program.

Documentary Requirements

  1. Citizenship: Certified true copy of Birth Certificate
  2. Academic Requirements:
    1. High school report card for incoming freshmen students eligible for college; and
    2. Duly certified true copy of grades for Grade 11 and 1st semester of Grade 12 for graduating high school students
  3. Income Requirements (whichever is applicable)
    1. Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardian;
    2. Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR);
    3. Certificate of Indigence either from their Barangay or Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);
    4. Case Study report from DSWD; and
    5. Latest copy of the contract or proof of income for the children of Overseas Filipino Workers and seafarers
  4. Other Requirement
    1. Identification Card (ID) – Special Group (Underprivileged or Homeless, PWD, Solo Parent, Senior Citizen, Indigenous People)

Benefits

The financial aid provided by this scholarship program includes the payment of tuition and other school fees, a stipend that will be given directly to the scholars or through their respective higher education institutions (HEIs), and a book and connectivity allowance per semester for the entire duration of their degree program.

Private HEIs

ProgramPeriodTOSFStipendBook/ Connectivity AllowanceTotal
Full PESFAAnnual40,00070,00010,000120,000
Semestral20,00035,0005,00060,000
Half PESFAAnnual20,00035,0005,00060,000
Semestral20,00017,5002,50030,000
Commission on Higher Education

SUCs/LUC

ProgramPeriodTOSFStipendBook/ Connectivity AllowanceTotal
Full SSPAnnualFREE70,00010,00080,000
SemestralFREE35,0005,00040,000
Half SSPAnnualFREE35,0005,00040,000
SemestralFREE17,5002,50020,000
Commission on Higher Education

How to Apply

Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to apply:

Step 1: Prepare the complete documentary requirements

Step 2: Scan the documentary requirements clearly.

Step 3: Send the application and documents ONLINE to your respective CHED Regional Office.

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Commission on Higher Education

CHED Priority Courses

The following are the Commission On Higher Education (CHED) Priority Courses:

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
  • Applied 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 Counselling)
  • Indigenous Peoples Studies/ Education
  • Peace Studies/ Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Multi and Interdisciplinary Cluster

  • Agribusiness
  • Agro-forestry
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Disaster Risk Management/ Climate Change
  • Renewable / Sustainable Energy

Deadline of Submission

It’s important to note that the deadline for submitting the CHED Merit Scholarship Program application for the 2024-2025 academic year is July 15, 2024

We will keep you updated on any further information, so stay tuned.

Tips for a Successful Application

Applying for the CHED Merit Scholarship Program is a competitive process, and ensuring that your application stands out from the rest is essential. Here are some tips to increase your chances of being accepted:

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements: Before applying, make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements. Check your academic qualifications, citizenship status, and other requirements to avoid wasting your time and effort.
  2. Apply early: Submit your application as early as possible to avoid any last-minute issues. Waiting until the deadline may lead to technical problems or difficulties in obtaining necessary documents.
  3. Write a compelling essay: The essay is crucial to your application. Write a well-structured and persuasive essay showcasing your academic achievements, future goals, and how the scholarship will help you achieve them.
  4. Obtain strong recommendation letters: Recommendation letters from your teachers or professors can significantly improve your application. Choose recommenders who know you well and can provide a detailed and positive evaluation of your academic abilities.
  5. Double-check your documents: Ensure that you have submitted all the required documents and that they are complete and accurate. Any missing or incorrect information can lead to disqualification.
  6. Be prepared for the interview: If you make it to the interview stage, be prepared to answer questions about your academic achievements, future goals, and how the scholarship will help you achieve them.

By following these tips, you can enhance your chances of being accepted into the CHED Merit Scholarship Program and receive the financial assistance you need to pursue your academic goals.

Conclusion

The CHED Merit Scholarship Program is an excellent opportunity for academically talented Filipino students who belong to special groups and wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in recognized priority programs. 

By providing financial assistance that covers not just tuition and fees but also living expenses, the program helps students alleviate the financial burden of pursuing higher education. 

If you’re interested in applying for the scholarship, make sure to meet the eligibility requirements, prepare your documents early, and follow the tips mentioned in this guide to increase your chances of success. 

We wish you the best of luck in your academic pursuits.

Reference

  1. Commission on Higher Education. (2024, January 9). CHED Merit Scholarship Program Application Guide 2024-2025. Retrieved from https://ched.gov.ph/merit-scholarship/

Comments

16 responses to “CHED Merit Scholarship Program 2024-2025 | Application Guide”

  1. Jayjay Juan Avatar

    Hi I’m leaving a message because i want to be a scholarship member thank you

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    Early Childhood Education

  3. Hazel Magallanes Avatar

    I want the scholarship to help my parents reduce the burden og my allowance also to help my parents financially

  4. Michelle Millano Avatar

    Hello po im college student po ako i need financial lng po wla po kc kmi allawance at pambili ng pagkain nmn sana po matulongan nyo po kmi

  5. Shyrene Mae Torregosa Avatar

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  6. I’m Gezel Dagpin, I’m 1st Year College this coming SY. 2024-2025 . I hope you give me a chance to be your scholar. I want to finish my study. I’m from very poor family my father is a farmer. I hope you will help me to pursue my college..

  7. MARICAR C. VILLAN Avatar

    I want to be a scholarship member

  8. I am Ronnadine B. Delizo becoming 2nd yr college this s.y taking the bachelor in early childhood of education as my program. I would like to apply a scholarship to sustain my education because i really lacking in financial support. It would be a privilege for me to be your scholar. Thank you & God Bless

  9. Charlyn Joy Arreola Avatar

    I really need this scholarship I’m incoming college student.

  10. Hi I am jamby bajado, I need a scholarship opportunity in this year 2024-2025.. Wala po sakin tumutulong kailangan ko pong maka pasok sa inyong program, thankyou po

  11. I want scholarship becase we are not financial stable and i do my best to maintain my grades by this scholar i hope i grab this scholar thank u.

  12. Pauline Mae Leonoras Avatar

    Financial problems so I need scholarship

  13. Deniece Avatar

    I want a scholarship

  14. I m franzine Zael Yahaa T. Arceo.. Grade 12 student in B.S Aquino National High Schoiol. to finish m,y study as a INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY in college its my dream to show my abilities prove to my self . and if you give me chance to be 1 of your scholar 2024 i will make it double my study . and Help my parents /// thank you and god bless

  15. Eunice sumabong Avatar

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