Students finishing Grade 10 are eligible to be part of the Senior High School Voucher Program. If a student finishes in a public school, he or she is automatically a Voucher Program Beneficiary. The same is true for Grade 10 students in private schools who are part of the Education Service Contracting (ESC) program of the Department of Education. To know whether or not you are part of these pre-qualified beneficiaries, please see your school Principal or Registrar.
Students who are not pre-qualified as beneficiaries need to undergo an application and screening process. Grade 11 was introduced in School Year (SY) 2016 to 2017 in SY 2017-2018. The RA 10533 explicitly expands Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education to include Grades 11 and 12.
The Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) was introduced as a mechanism to provide financial support to qualified students in SHS in both public and private schools. A Voucher is a subsidy given by the State to qualified Grade 10 completers to help them enroll in a non-DepEd SHS of their choice.
The assistance serves to defray the cost of tuition and all other published fees charged by a non-DepEd SHS. The tuition subsidy is not given to the student as cash. The DepEd pays directly to the non-DepEd SHS where the student has been enrolled.
The Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) has been contracted by the DepEd to manage the SHS VP. PEAC is the trustee of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education, which is a perpetual trust fund created to provide assistance to private education in the country.
The students are responsible for their choice of Senior High School and their own voucher applications. The schools shall provide assistance and guidance to uphold student choice in the SHS VP.
Schools must process documents requested by the students and should not impose their preferences on students or otherwise engage in practices that undermine student choice.
All and only Grade 10 students from DepEd recognized schools are eligible for the SHS VP. They are called as Grade 10 completers. Grade 10 completers are further divided into
Automatically qualified students
Students who are Grade 10 completers in Public JHSs, SUCs and LUCs, private schools that are Educational Service Contracting (ESC) grantees. These automatically qualified students do not need to apply for vouchers.
Only students in this category need to apply for vouchers and are thus termed voucher applicants. All Grade 10 completers in private schools who are not ESC grantees and wish to avail of the voucher subsidy in order to enroll in a non-DepEd SHS.
Students who will take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test and the Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) in the current school year and passed and have been certified for admission to Grade 11. They should present their certification when they apply for the SHS VP through the manual application procedure.
The following are not eligible for the SHS VP
- Those who graduated High School in March 2015 or earlier
- Grade 10 completers who completed Grade 10 before of after SY 2017-2018
- Incoming Grade 12 students who were not part of the voucher program in Grade 11
- Non-Filipino students
How to apply?
Applications may be done manually or online and are free of charge. Online applications allow to have a longer period to apply, submit the required documents in parts, and track their applications. Online applications can also be monitored real time so Voucher Applicants are sooner informed of documentary deficiencies.
Go to the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP)
Follow the instructions. Wait for the confirmation email. Creation of an account does not mean you already initiated or submitted an application. You have to complete the whole application and submission process.
Complete the electronic Voucher Application Form (VAF-1)
Scan and upload the following
- Recent 2×2 colored ID photo
- Proof of financial means of the parents, guardian, or the person who is helping
- Certificate of Financial Assistance received, issued by the school, if applicable
Submit the completely filled out application with the required documents.
Wait for the automatic confirmation from the OVAP. You will also receive an email with your Voucher Application Number (VAN), and instructions on how to submit the required documents.
Tracking and follow ups
It is the responsibility of the VA to track the status of the application by accessing their accounts in the OVAP. VAs may further inquire or follow up through the PEAC hotling 02 840 6000 or the PEAC Email helpdesk email@example.com
For those who submitted manual applications, PEAC will publish the list of applications received and the status of each application at http://fape.org.ph
PEAC shall process all and only complete applications submitted on or before the deadline and forward the results to DepEd for approval. All automatically qualified students and Vas are considered as QVRs and shall be tagged as QVRs in the DepEd Learner Information System (LIS).
Examples of maximum applicable voucher amount
NCR – P11,250
HUCs – P10,000
All other locations – P8,750
Voucher amounts represent the maximum payment a non-DepEd SHS provider shall be paid per school year. Schools receive voucher payments based on the total school fees they charge or the maximum voucher amount applicable, whichever is lower.
Vouchers shall be redeemed in the first semester of the school year immediately after Grade 10 completion and shall no longer be valid if not redeemed on said schedule. The voucher covers two years regardless of the number of years it takes for the recipient to complete SHS.
Further reading, see PDF belowDO-60-s.-2017
The Fund for Assistance to Private Education, or FAPE, was created on November 5, 1968 by Executive Order No. 156, in implementation of the project agreement between the Philippine and United States governments to establish a permanent trust fund that would address the needs of the private education sector in the country.
In the 1960s, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations, or COCOPEA, campaigned for a share in the Special Education Fund, which was from the surplus funds authorized by the War Damage Act of 1962. The private education sector successfully convinced the Philippine government that it has an important role to play in nation-building such that it not only deserved but also needed to be assisted financially.
The trustee of FAPE is the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), which is headed by the Secretary of Education as its chairman. PEAC is also composed of representatives from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA); Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP); Association of Christian Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ACSCU); and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU).
Through the years, the management of the Fund has evolved to cover other programs of assistance to the private education sector and with it an organization that helps the PEAC. Recently renamed the PEAC National Secretariat (so as not to confuse with the trust fund), the organization, as directed by the PEAC, manages and develops programs of assistance to private education and participates in initiatives affecting the sector. Presently, it manages the Education Service Contracting and Teacher Salary Subsidy components of the GASTPE Program of the Department of Education, the In-Service Training Program, and the Research Program, among others.
Private Education Assistance Committee
5F Salamin Building 197 Salcedo Street
Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Read more http://ovap.deped.gov.ph/