Woman studying onlineAn online masters degree in the Philippines may be a good substitute for formal education, following an announcement by several private universities and colleges that want to increase their tuition fees.

More than 200 private academic institutions in Metro Manila applied for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). As of June, the government agency said that they are still reviewing the request.

Cost Of Education

Most people will agree that whether or not private schools increase their tuition fees, the current rates have become too expensive. Many have chosen to send their children to state-funded colleges and universities (SUCs). Prospero De Vera III, CHED officer-in-charge, said that SUCs’ salaries are also a reason behind many private schools’ intention of raising their fees.

There has been an exodus of teachers from private colleges and universities, and be employed in SUCs where the pay is better, according to De Vera. While SUCs are an affordable choice, some still find it hard to complete a post-graduate education. This is where online education becomes a convenient choice.

Educational Ranking

The 2017 Global Innovation Index ranked the country’s education system on the 113th spot out of 127 countries, which only indicates that there is a huge room for improvement. The high cost of learning in the country seems to be a major obstacle, but CHED expects a free college education program to help in enhancing the quality of Filipino graduates.

More than 1 million students could benefit from P16 billion of tuition fee subsidies between 2018 and 2019. The government agency intends to request for another P12 billion to expand the coverage for more students in the following school year.


Education plays an important role in determining the chances of a person’s success in life. Despite a likely increase in the cost of learning, parents and those who want to study beyond college should know that there are different alternatives today.