CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program

CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program for 2024-2025 (Complete Guide)

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Education is crucial for progress, yet financial barriers often hinder access to higher learning. CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program Full and Half offer vital support for deserving individuals.

This discussion explores the origins and significance of these scholarships, which are rooted in principles of equal opportunity. They empower talented individuals regardless of financial circumstances.

Join us as we examine the factors that sustain these scholarship programs. Through collaboration with educational institutions, consistent support is provided for scholars.

Discover the diverse educational opportunities offered through Full and Half Merit Scholarships, with a focus on accessibility and quality education.

Furthermore, we simplify the application process, providing clear guidance for academic submissions, recommendation letters, and personal statements.

About CHED: CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is a vital governmental body in the Philippines, responsible for overseeing and regulating the nation’s higher education system.

Established in 1994 under Republic Act No. 7722, also known as the Higher Education Act of 1994, CHED plays a central role in shaping the landscape of higher education in the country.

  1. Establishment and Mandate:

CHED was established under Republic Act No. 7722 in 1994 to oversee and regulate higher education in the Philippines.

  1. Primary Mandate:

CHED’s primary mandate is to ensure the quality and accessibility of higher education nationwide.

It formulates policies, standards, and guidelines for higher education institutions (HEIs) and programs to maintain educational quality and relevance.

  1. Initiatives and Programs:

CHED implements various initiatives to enhance the quality and accessibility of higher education.

Notably, the CHED Merit Scholarship Program (CMSP) provides financial assistance to academically talented students from underprivileged backgrounds.

  1. Purpose of Full and Half Merit Scholarship Programs:

The Full and Half Merit Scholarship programs serve as crucial avenues for supporting deserving individuals facing financial barriers to higher education.

These scholarships aim to empower talented individuals and provide opportunities for them to pursue their academic aspirations.

By offering financial assistance, the programs help alleviate the financial burden associated with higher education, thereby promoting equity and accessibility in the educational system.


To qualify for the Full and Half Merit Scholarship Programs, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Filipino Citizenship: Applicants must be Filipino citizens.
  1. Academic Status: Applicants must be graduating high school students or high school graduates.
  • Full Merit Program: Requires a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 96%.
  • Half Merit Program: Requires a GWA of 93% to 95% or its equivalent.
  1. Special Group Affiliations: Applicants may belong to special groups, including:
  • Underprivileged and Homeless Citizens (under Republic Act No. 7279)
  • Persons with Disability (PWDs) (under Republic Act No. 7277 as amended)
  • Solo Parents and/or their Dependents (under Republic Act No. 8371)
  • Submission of certifications and/or Identification Cards (IDs) from appropriate offices or agencies is required.
  1. Financial Assistance Program Limitation: Applicants can avail only one government-funded financial assistance program.

Additional Requirements:

In addition to the eligibility criteria, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Enrollment in Recognized Priority Programs: Applicants must enroll in recognized priority programs offered by:
  • Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI)
  • State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)
  • Accredited Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) with Certificates of Program Compliance (COPC).
  1. Income Limitation: The combined annual gross income of parents/guardian must not exceed Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 400,000). Solo parents/guardians’ annual gross income should also not exceed this amount.
  1. Limitation on Government-Funded Financial Assistance: Applicants are restricted to availing only ONE government-funded financial assistance program.

Priority Courses:

Below are the CHED Priority Courses categorized into different fields:

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 and Related Programs

  • 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

Application Process:

For the Full and Half Merit Scholarship Programs, understanding the application process is crucial for a smooth and successful journey.

Let’s explore the steps in detail to help you secure your scholarship opportunity.


  1. Citizenship:
  • Submit a certified true copy of the Birth Certificate.
  1. Academic Requirements:
  • Provide the high school report card for incoming college freshmen.
  • Include a duly certified true copy of grades for Grade 11 and the 1st semester of Grade 12 for graduating high school students.
  1. Income Requirements (if applicable):
  • Submit the latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardians.
  • Include a Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
  • Provide a Certificate of Indigence from the Barangay or Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
  • Include a Case Study report from DSWD.
  • Submit the latest copy of the contract or proof of income for children of Overseas Filipino Workers and seafarers.
  1. Other Requirements:
  • Include an Identification Card (ID) for Special Groups (Underprivileged or Homeless, PWD, Solo Parent, Senior Citizen, Indigenous People).

Application Deadlines:

The CHED Merit Scholarship Program for incoming first-year college students for AY 2023-2024 has successfully filled all 13,455 slots, indicating a strong interest in educational advancement. 

Although the application period has closed, this article remains a vital resource for individuals aspiring to apply for the next CHED Merit Scholarship intake, anticipated to open in May 2024. 

Stay tuned and prepare yourself for this upcoming opportunity to pursue higher education with financial support.

CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program

How to Apply for the CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program?

  1. Prepare the complete documentary requirements.
  1. Scan the documentary requirements clearly.
  1. Send the application and documents ONLINE to your respective CHED Regional Office Below;
RegionCHED Regional Office
CHEDRO IIlocos Region
CHEDRO IICagayan Valley
CHEDRO IIICentral Luzon
CHEDRO IVCalabarzon
CHEDRO VBicol Region
CHEDRO VIWestern Visayas
CHEDRO VIICentral Visayas
CHEDRO VIIIEastern Visayas
CHEDRO IXZamboanga Peninsula (Will update soon)
CHEDRO XNorthern Mindanao
CHEDRO XIDavao Region
CHEDRO XIISoccsksargen
NCRNational Capital Region
CARCordillera Administrative Region

By following these steps and submitting your application to the appropriate CHED Regional Office, you can initiate the process of applying for the Full and Half Merit Scholarship Programs.

Programs and Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship program provides comprehensive assistance, including coverage for tuition and other school fees (TOSF), stipends distributed directly to scholars or through educational institutions, and allowances for books and connectivity.

Here’s a breakdown of the financial support available to students enrolled in private HEIs and those under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), offered annually and per semester:

Private HEIs

ProgramPeriodTOSFStipendBook/ Connectivity AllowanceTotal
Full PESFAAnnual40,00070,00010,000120,000
Half PESFAAnnual20,00035,0005,00060,000


ProgramPeriodTOSFStipendBook/ Connectivity AllowanceTotal
Full SSPAnnualFREE70,00010,00080,000
Half SSPAnnualFREE35,0005,00040,000

Contact Details:

For inquiries or further information, please do not hesitate to contact your respective CHED Regional Office

Final Thoughts:

In conclusion, CHED Priority Courses offer a wide range of educational options tailored to meet the needs of today’s changing world. 

With strong support and resources, CHED empowers aspiring applicants to pursue their academic goals and become leaders in their fields.

Reflecting on the benefits of the program and CHED’s dedication to education, it is evident that taking the initiative to apply marks the beginning of a transformative journey. 

To all aspiring applicants, seize the opportunities at hand, embrace the possibilities, and embark on your educational journey.

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  2. PhilippineGO. (n.d.). A Brief Overview of the CHED Merit Scholarship Program. Retrieved from


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