|Title: STUDENTS’ VIEW ONFREE HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY IN A UNIVERSITY IN THE PHILIPPINES|
Bernard V. Gerona and Jennifer A. Villaruz
This study aimed to determine the students’ views on the free higher education policy at one of the Universities in the Philippines by surveying two hundred thirteen (213) students using a researcher-made questionnaire validated by experts. The result revealed that the view of students, when grouped as a whole and categorized according to academic and other related expenses, admission and retention, housing and accommodation, and student loans, and when grouped according to socio-economic status, sex, and year level, is more or less negative, which can be attributed to their concern about its implementation, the decline in the quality of education, their desires, and the dynamics of their view as they progress in the upper year. The significant differences are the variation of the students’ needs, which can be attributed to their aspiration to finish a bachelor’s degree with matriculation, while, on the other hand, some students are more apprehensive about the number of students they aspire to be admitted, the huge financial expenses of the government, and the potential decline in the educational quality of higher education (Reyes, 2020). It should be noted that these findings only pertain to the selected participants and cannot be extended to the entire population.
|Keywords: Free Higher Education, Higher Education, Student, and Students’ view.|