I took photo of this announcement posted at the UPLB Registrar's Office when I accompanied my niece during her enrollment.
My apologies for the bit blurred photo because I took it from a glass counter. Here's what this announcement is all about.
University of the Philippines at Los Banos:
Schedule of Matriculation Fees for Freshman: First Semester 2012-2013
The list therefore includes the amount each new student should pay depends on their degree course (tuition, NSTP, miscellaneous, student fund, lab fee, ent/dep, ID). Each course has different number of required units for the First Semester such total amount to be paid varies.
Per unit now costs P1,000. So, for entering BS Ag.Econ (my UPLB degree), he/she has to pay P19,000 tuition fee or total of P23,205.50 to include other fees.
But what further caught my attention was the cost of miscellaneous and student fund fees with the following breakdown.
Miscellaneous: Student Fund:
Library - P1,100.00 Publication - P40.00
Athletic - 75.00 Student Council - 5.00
Registration - 40.00 Community chest - 0.50
Medical - 50.00 Total - P45.50
Cultural - 50.00
Internet - 260.00
Energy - 425.00
Total - P2.000.00
As I read this announcement, something make me worried. When I was studying back then at UPLB, since I was on Full Scholarship, I need not pay for tuition and other fees except for miscellaneous and student fund fee in the amount of P35.50. I can also remember during my first semester I only paid something like P800.00 for 19 units which later I was able to refund when my scholarship application was approved.
It further agonizes me the rising cost of education expenses, the big difference between the amount of P35.50 and P2,045.50 after more than 20 years. Currently we are still paying for our son's educational plan and I am just thinking that possibly by the time he enter the University 13 years from now the amount we'll be getting from his educational plan might just be enough to cover miscellaneous expenses, whew!
Last school year, our little boy entered Nursery School and part of school expenses is the miscellaneous fee for which I paid P2,310.00. Oh! I did forgot to request for the actual breakdown but accordingly it covers energy fee, dental fee and ID. Maybe next time I need to request further information on what I am paying for. My Grade III niece studying in a different private school, according to my sister she paid P8k plus for miscellaneous.
What about all the parents out there, do you have any idea what you are paying for? Do you think this miscellaneous fees are justified enough to be paid apart from tuition fees?