Getting a good education is really important, but sometimes it’s hard to afford. Luckily, the CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program helps out.

These scholarships are all about giving deserving students a chance, no matter their financial situation.

In this article, you’ll learn how to apply step by step, covering everything from qualifications and requirements to the actual application process.

About CHED Merit Scholarship 2024-2025

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.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is excited to announce that the CHED Merit Scholarship Program for incoming first-year college students for the academic year 2024-2025 is now OPEN!


To qualify for the CHED 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 for the CHED Merit Scholarship Programs

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 CHED Merit Scholarship Programs full and half, 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/”whichever 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 deadline to apply for the CHED Merit Scholarship Programs is on July 15, 2024.

If you want to apply, make sure you complete and submit all your application materials by this date.

Don’t miss this opportunity and ensure everything is done before July 15, 2024.

CHED Full and Half Merit Scholarship Program

How to Apply for the CHED Merit Scholarship Programs?

  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;

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 CHED Merit Scholarship Programs 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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  1. Commission on Higher Education. (n.d.). Merit Scholarship. Retrieved from
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31 responses to “CHED Merit Scholarship 2024-2025: Full and Half”

  1. I want this scholarship because i want to finish my study.

    1. Wow, that’s great news! Are you ready to apply for the CHED scholarship?

    2. Marivic Aguilar Avatar
      Marivic Aguilar

      Can it be possible that this merit scholarship be open this school year 2024-2025?

  2. Via Mae L. Doy Avatar
    Via Mae L. Doy

    I want this scholarship po because I want to finish my study to help my family

  3. I want to aim this scholarship becuase i want to finish in college so i can help my famil from poverty

  4. I want to aim this scholarship becuase i want to finish in college to help my family from poverty

  5. Manifesting, scholarship

  6. I want this scholarship to sustain my studies although I have a parent but they can’t sustain me it’s because we’re poor. That’s why I want this scholarship to provide during my studies.

  7. I want this scholarship because I want to finish my study and to be successful

  8. Jeannifer Tan Sia Avatar
    Jeannifer Tan Sia

    How to apply and saan po ito dapat na ipasa ?

  9. I want to get a scholarship so that I can add something to my studies because only my mother is sending me to school

  10. Florejane Tawide Avatar
    Florejane Tawide

    How to apply po

  11. Arturo Torrible torrible Avatar
    Arturo Torrible torrible

    My grandson is graduating from senior high with consistent gwa of 98. He’s interested to take accountancy at ust. If granted with ched merit scholarship… Its a big help since his mother is a pwd and a solo parent. Thank you

    1. Hello, Art

      Thanks for reaching out. Your grandson’s grades are impressive! A scholarship would be a big help, especially with your family’s situation. Have you already applied for the CHED Merit Scholarship? Be sure to check the requirements and submit all the needed documents.

  12. Talagang kailangan na kailangan ko po ito. Sana po isa ako sa mapili po ninyo.

    1. Hello, Stephano!

      Have you tried to apply?

  13. How to apply po?

    1. Hello! Lhay Ann, you can read the guide for you to know how. If you have any questions or need assistance with please do not hesitate to ask

  14. Jellian Avatar

    When is the day of application for this scholarship? S. Y 2024-2025

    1. Hello, Jellian!

      Good morning! Unfortunately, the CHED Merit Scholarship Programs for AY 2023-2024 are no longer available as all slots have been filled. However, we expect the next intake to open in May 2024. This scholarship could be a great help for your college journey. Stay tuned for updates and best of luck with your studies!

  15. Princess Cheyan Salapunen Avatar
    Princess Cheyan Salapunen

    Hi, Good Morning Sir. Is this Scholarship still available? I really want to apply this Scholarship to help my parents. I’m incoming first year College this year and this Scholarship will really help me.

    1. Hello, Princess!

      Good morning! Unfortunately, the CHED Merit Scholarship Programs for AY 2023-2024 are no longer available as all slots have been filled. However, we expect the next intake to open in May 2024. This scholarship could be a great help for your college journey. Stay tuned for updates and best of luck with your studies!

      Warm regards,

  16. Hello, I really need this scholarship to sustain my studies and I just wanted to ask if when can I apply for this scholarship this SY 2024-2025?

    1. Hello!

      As of now, we do not have any updates. Rest assured, once the re-opening is announced, we will update this article so that you can apply. You may want to pin this page for future reference.

  17. Catherine Avatar

    I hope I can join in this scholarship because my family is poor and they cannot afford my tuition fees

    1. Hello, Catherin!

      Thank you for your interest in the CHED Merit Scholarship. It sounds like this opportunity could make a big difference for you. Have you already looked into the application process? Let me know if you need any assistance.

  18. Mary Joy R. Torrefiel Avatar
    Mary Joy R. Torrefiel

    I really need the Ched scholarship so I can finish my school since my parents can’t afford college
    And I want it badly to finish my studies

    1. Hello, Mary!

      Thank you for reaching out. I understand how important this scholarship is for you. Have you already applied for the CHED Merit scholarship? Please make sure to check the requirements and submit your application as soon as possible.

      Best of luck,

  19. I want this opportunity scholarship because we have not enough money for my tuition and allowance as well because my mother is pwd and my father is a senior citizen thats why we dont have enough money for my tuition and my allowance

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for reaching out. I understand how tough things are for your family. This scholarship could really help. Have you applied for the CHED Merit scholarship yet? Make sure to check the requirements and get your application in soon. If you need help, just let me know.

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