Cost of college in the Philippines – our experience at Central Philippine University

Price tag of college or university in the Philippines – our practical experience at Central Philippine College

Our niece Donnabel has been acknowledged at Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo Metropolis.  CPU is regarded as to be a single of the much better Philippine faculties.  Donnabel will be enrolled in a four 12 months accounting degree software.

We know quite a few foreigners are intrigued in supporting college or university educations for Filipino family so we’ll give some first hand data on what it need to cost.

We paid Donnabel’s Central Philippines University tuition and service fees for the initially semester of the 2012-13 school year.  The charge was P16,697 for tuition and service fees moreover a P375 scholar payment or about US$400 for every semester.

To begin with we were wondering that Donnabel could carry on to dwell with us and commute to CPU.  This would enable us to watch and be associated in Donnabel’s schooling, but after we uncovered out that Donnabel’s 1st semester classes would start at 8:00am and finish at 7:10pm we understood that commuting would not truly be possible, because we dwell in Tigbauan, Iloilo, about 25KM and 3 jeepney rides from CPU.   We ended up hoping that we could get Donnabel a put in CPU’s Weston dormitory for women of all ages.  We frequented the dorm.  It seemed like a great atmosphere, but regretably there were no vacancies.

Our go to to the Weston dorm introduced a further case in point of the impressive administration of CPU.   Anywhere we went at CPU there always seemed to be a scholar assigned to remedy visitor questions.  These learners were well mannered, informed and fluent in English.  Impressive!

With no room at the women’s dorm we visited a handful of boarding homes in close proximity to the CPU campus.  These boarding houses present spartan, affordable housing to pupils.  We selected a single extremely near to the campus.  Each small room accommodates four female pupils in two bunk beds.  Each college student has a locker but there is minor space for anything at all else, like desks.  Bathrooms are down the corridor and shared.  The boarding property we chose expenditures P1,500 per thirty day period for each student for a non-air-conditioned accommodation and P2,000 (plus electricity) for air con spaces.  Drinking water is an more P25 for each week.  There are no cooking services but citizens are allowed to have a incredibly hot pot or rice cooker which will be made use of to prepare dinner “ramen” noodles — a staple of college or university students planet-broad.

For P1,500 for each thirty day period you get a bed space in a boarding dwelling


Within the college or university boarding home.  Each student will get a locker.

1 of my sons attended Stony Brook University on Lengthy Island, New York.  The charge of housing for learners there was and continues to be a massive dilemma.  The notion of a $35 for every month student accommodation, nevertheless spartan, is astounding.

Donnabel will have a number of additional charges.  Her foodstuff allowance will likely be about P100 for each working day.  She’ll have to obtain textbooks.  So, it appears like about P80,000 for each year in overall or approximately $2,000 US per yr.

Green CPU Campus

We accompanied Donnabel all through the Central Philippine College registration approach.  It was all incredibly similar to what I bear in mind as a university student fifty decades in the past and what I experienced as a mum or dad.  Many of the parents arrived in SUVs, just like at dwelling, and the dad and mom went from business office to business with their youngsters like mother hens seeking to make certain that all the things went nicely for their chicks about to go away their nests.  Just as I recall it from my previous, the approach was horribly crowded and chaotic with hundreds or thousand of learners and parents jamming every workplace.  Still, we give credit rating to CPU.  The facts business and the learners operating there were genuinely helpful.  Everyone, workers, children and mothers and fathers were being fairly patient despite the heat, the crowds and the endless waits.   In several methods, Filipinos are the most civilized men and women on earth.

Luce Library at CPU