Cost of College Education in the Philippines

How much does a Freshman need in 2011 to enter a university or a college here in the Philippines? Below are some figures that can give you an idea. Note that these figures are estimates based on what the author gleaned from the websites of these universities. Click on the name of the university to see the underlying document that was used by the author for estimating the tuition and fees.

Estimated Full-Year Tuition Fees for Incoming Freshmen

School Cost Per Unit Terms 2010-2011 2011-2012
De La Salle University (DLSU) P2,289.50 3 - P188,881.00
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) P2,114.00 3 - P187,500.00
Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) P2,886.00 2 P144,701.90 -
Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) P1,454.00 4 - P137,084.00
St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) P1,642.00 2 - P92,313.68
University of Santo Tomas (UST) P1,683.33 2 P89,041.61 -
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) – Medicine P1,995.10 2 - P84,108.00
Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) P870.45 2 - P79,798.9
Far Eastern University(FEU) P2,066.95 2 - P74,410.26
Colegio de San Juan de Letran P947.65 2 - P70,880.96
Pacific InterContentinental College (PIC) P1,994.44 2 - P70,000.00
Adamson University (AdU) P1,882.16 2 - P67,757.80
University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) P1,323.70 2 - P65,523.16
Trinity University of Asia (TUA) P994.82 2 P55,189.76 -
Global City Innovative College (GCIC) P1,503.75 2 - P54,135.00
University of the Philippines – Dilliman (UPD) P1,500.00 2 P49,000.00 P49,000.00
University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB) P1,500.00 2 P49,000.00 P49,000.00
Holy Angel University (HAU) P966.53 2 - P48,927.00
University of the Philippines – Manila (UPM) P1,500.00 2 P48,900.00 P48,900.00
International Academy of Management & Economics (IAME) P700.00 2 - P47,600.00
Riverside College P770.20 2 - P44,979.58
Far Eastern College – Silang P800.00 2 P44,970.00 -
Silliman University (SU) P842.25 2 - P42,112.50
St. Theresa’s College – Cebu (STCC) P741.30 2 - P38,576.80
University of the Philippines – Mindanao (UPMin) P1,000.00 2 P33,280.00 P33,280.00
University of the Philippines – Baguio (UPB) P1,000.00 2 P32,810.00 P32,810.00
University of the Philippines – Pampanga (UPP) P1,000.00 2 P32,810.00 P32,810.00
University of the Philippines – Visayas (UPV) P1,000.00 2 P32,810.00 P32,810.00
La Salle University (LSU) P440.15 2 - P31,735.20
West Visayas State University (WVSU) P340.00 2 - P21,090.00
Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) P401.35 2 - P20,161.84
Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) P107.50 2 - P14,000.00
Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) P173.00 2 P12,978.00 P12,978.00
Philippine Normal University (PNU) P120.00 2 P7,570.00 -

The data above gives you an idea of the cost of college education in the Philippines today. How much will it be in the future? If you have a new born child whom you wish to send to a top-notch university in 16 years, how much should you set aside for his college tuition and fees?

For example, your child will go to De La Salle University (DLSU) for a four-year course. Typically, a university will petition the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for an increase in tuition and fees every year. If we assume that the rate hike is around 10% per year, this is what we’ll get:

Age Year Projected Tuition & Fees
0 2011 P188,881.00
1 2012 P207,769.10
2 2013 P228,546.01
3 2014 P251,400.61
4 2015 P276,540.67
5 2016 P304,194.74
6 2017 P334,614.21
7 2018 P368,075.63
8 2019 P404,883.20
9 2020 P445,371.52
10 2021 P489,908.67
11 2022 P538,899.54
12 2023 P592,789.49
13 2024 P652,068.44
14 2025 P717,275.28
15 2026 P789,002.81
16 2027 P867,903.09
17 2028 P954,693.40
18 2029 P1,050,162.74
19 2030 P1,155,179.02
20 2031 P1,270,696.92
21 2032 P1,397,766.61
22 2033 P1,537,543.27

So, for a 4-year course starting in 2027 when your child becomes 16 years of age, you will spend a total of P4,027,938.25 for tuition and fees alone. With the right savings plan and enough time, this should have a solution. Start your savings plan today!

One thought on “Cost of College Education in the Philippines

  1. why is it that University of Baguio is not included in the list of one of the most expensive universities in the Philippines, where 480.00/unit is used in our University.