LIST: Universities and colleges with free tuition starting 2018

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This list has been updated to include 78 local universities approved by CHEd.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The free tuition law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday covers a total of 112 state universities and colleges, and 78 local universities and colleges nationwide.

The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which Congress ratified in May and transmitted to the Office of the President on July 5, gives full tuition subsidy for students in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges, and state-run technical-vocational schools.

READ: Duterte signs free tuition bill into law

According to the Department of Budget and Management's list, however, there are eight SUCs in Metro Manila, 49 in the rest of Luzon, 26 in Visayas, and 31 in Mindanao. The list of SUCs totals 114, as there are three entries for Mindanao State University (MSU)-including the MSU Iligan Institute of Technology and the MSU Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) released on March 15 an additional list of 78 local universities and colleges (LUCs) established by local government units who were eligible to provide free higher education.

Related: Students benefiting from free tuition must render school services - CHEd

The LUCs are given two years to comply with all other institutional and program requirements under the law. Failure to do so will result in their exclusion from the succeeding year's list.

Here is the list of both local and state universities and colleges covered by the law:

National Capital Region

Eulogio 'Amang' Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology

Marikina Polytechnic College

Philippine Normal University

Philippine State College of Aeronautics

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Rizal Technological University

Technological University of the Philippines

University of the Philippines System

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa

Region I - Ilocos Region

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University

Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College

Mariano Marcos State University

North Luzon Philippines State College

Pangasinan State University

University of Northern Philippines

Ilocos Sur Community College

University of Eastern Pangasinan

Binalatongan Community College

Urdaneta City University

Cordillera Administrative Region

Abra State Institute of Science and Technology

Apayao State College

Benguet State University

Ifugao State University

Kalinga State University

Mountain Province State University

Region II - Cagayan Valley

Batanes State College

Cagayan State University

Isabela State University

Nueva Vizcaya State University

Quirino State University

Region III - Central Luzon

Aurora State College of Technology

Bataan Peninsula State University

Bulacan Agricultural State College

Bulacan State University

Central Luzon State University

Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University

Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Pampanga State Agricultural University

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

Ramon Magsaysay Technological University

Tarlac College of Agriculture

Tarlac State University

Mabalacat College

Baliuag Polytechnic College

Bulacan Polytechnic College

City College of Angeles

City College of San Fernando, Pampanga

Eduardo L. Joson Memorial College

Guagua Community College

Kolehiyo ng Guiguinto

Kolehiyo ng Subic

Limay Polytechnic College

Norzagaray College

Pambayang Dalubhasaan ng Marilao

Polytechnic College of Botolan

Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauayan


Batangas State University

Cavite State University

Laguna State Polytechnic University (Laguna State Polytechnic College)

Southern Luzon State University

University of Rizal System

Balian Community College

City College of Calamba

Colegio de Montalban

Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas

Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena

Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng Lipa

Laguna University

Pambayang Kolehiyo ng Mauban

San Mateo Municipal College

Trece Martires City College

Antipolo Institute of Technology (AiTech)

Tanauan City College (TCC)

Pamantasan ng Cabuyao (PNC)

Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo

City College of Tagaytay (CCT)


Marinduque State College

Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology

Occidental Mindoro State College

Palawan State University

Romblon State University

Western Philippines University

Baco Community College

MIMAROPA City College of Calapan

Region V - Bicol Region

Bicol University

Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology

Camarines Norte State College

Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges

Catanduanes State University

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture

Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology

Partido State University

Sorsogon State College

Community College of Manito

Ligao Community College

Baao Community College

Calabanga Community College

Caramoan Community College

City College of Naga

Daraga Community College

Libon Community College

Oas Community College

Polangui Community College

Rapu-Rapu Community College

San Jose Community College

Sorsogon Community College

Donsol Community College (DCC)

San Pascual Polytechnic College (SPPC)

Aroroy Municipal College (AMC)

Governor Mariano E. Villafuerte Community Colleges

Region VI - Western Visayas

Aklan State University

Capiz State University

Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College

Guimaras State College

Iloilo State College of Fisheries

Central Philippines State University

Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College

Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology

University of Antique

Iloilo Science and Technology University

West Visayas State University

Iloilo City Community College (ICCC)

Passi City College

Libacao College of Science and Technology

Bago City College

Region VII - Central Visayas

Bohol Island State University

Cebu Normal University

Cebu Technological University

Negros Oriental State University

Siquijor State College

Buenavista Community college

Carcar City College

Sibonga Community College

Trinidad Municipal College

Region VIII - Eastern Visayas

Eastern Samar State University

Eastern Visayas State University

Leyte Normal University

Naval State University

Northwest Samar State University

Palompom Polytechnic State University

Samar State University

Southern Leyte State University

University of Eastern Philippines

Visayas State University

Maasin City College

Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula

J.H Cerilles State College

Jose Rizal Memorial State University

Western Mindanao State University

Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College

Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government College (ZdSPGC)

Region X - Northern Mindanao

Bukidnon State University

Camiguin Polytechnic State College

Central Mindanao University

University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines - Cagayan De Oro Campus

MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology

University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines - Claveria Campus

Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology

Pangantucan Bukidnon Community College (PBCC)

Magsaysay College

Initao College

Gov. Alfonso D. Tan College

Northern Bukidnon Community College

Opol Community College

Tagoloan Community College

Region XI - Davao Region

Compostela Valley State College

Davao Del Norte State College

Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology

Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology

University of Southern Philippines

Kapalong College of Agriculture, Sciences and Technology (KCAST)

Governor Generoso College of Arts, Sciences and Technology (GGCAST)

Monkayo College of Arts, Sciences and Technology

Kolehiyo ng Pantukan (KNP)


Cotabato State University

Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology

Sultan Kudarat State University

University of Southern Mindanao

Glan Institute of Technology

Makilala Insitute of Science and Technology

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College

Basilan State College

Mindanao State University

MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography

Sulu State College

Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College

Region XIII - Caraga Administrative Region

Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology

Caraga State University (Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology)

Surigao del Sur State University

Surigao State College of Technology

Hinatuan Southern College