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10 State Universities in Metro Manila which have no tuition fees

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May 29, 2019

Let’s be real. Studying in Metro Manila is expensive.

Aside from tuition and miscellaneous fees, the cost of living in the city is higher compared to the provinces that studying in college nowadays seems more like a luxury than a necessity. This should not be the case, tbh. However, thanks to the Free Tuition Law, more students can now enjoy free quality education from colleges and state universities in Metro Manila and in the rest of the country!

Are you planning to study in NCR? If yasss, these are some of the free tuition schools you can add to your list. Take your pick!

10 State Universities in Metro Manila you can apply to after Senior High School:

1. Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST)

Are you a science and tech (S&T) geek? If you’re interested to pursue a career in S&T, EARIST could be a good choice! With a vocational background since 1945, the college has grown its expertise in technical educationspecifically in the field of engineering and industrial technology. Currently, the school offers a wide range of courses across its eight colleges, graduate school, and a satellite campus in Cavite.

2. Marikina Polytechnic College (MPC)

Raise your hand if you’re from Marikina! If you’re from the area, a state technical college called MPC can be found right in your neighborhood. (Yup! You read that right.) While it’s heavy on technopreneurship (read: technology for innovation), courses in technical education and industrial tech are also available. You just have to choose!

If you’re more into short programs and certifications, this school offers courses ranging from Automotive Servicing, Cosmetology to Food Preparation and Service Management. There’s no doubt you’ll find one that interests you.

3. Philippine Normal University (PNU)

Here’s a fact: teachers are the OG unsung heroes. They do more than just lectures and quizzes. They teach the future leaders of our country. Can you imagine such privilege and responsibility? If you’re up for the challenge, PNU has gotchu covered!

Since 1901, this research university has been the training ground for some of the best teachers our country has ever seen. After all, what do you expect from the country’s National Center for Teacher Education?

4. Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PhilSCA)

If you want to reach for the stars in college, PhilSCA can help! Not only is it widely recognized as one of the leading aeronautical schools in the country, but this institution also offers aeronautical courses for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree- the only school in the country to offer such courses across levels! What are you waiting for? Suit up!

5. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

Since its establishment in 1904, PUP has been providing the Filipino youth with affordable and quality education. With more than 20 campuses and extensions across Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, the state university is one of the largest in terms of population. Did we mention PUP graduates are a top choice for employers, too? Yup, specifically for business process outsourcing, banking, IT, and manufacturing.

6. Rizal Technological University (RTU)

Formerly known as the College of Rizal, RTU was initially created to make higher education learning accessible in the province of Rizal. After five decades since its establishment, the university has grown to be a leading institution in business, education, and liberal arts courses. RTU was also one of the first schools to offer a degree in Astronomy!

7. Technological University of the Philippines (TUP)

Another technological university in the list is TUP! Since 1901, this state university prides itself as a pioneer in engineering technology and industrial teacher education. TUP upholds standards at par with our ASEAN neighbors.

To continuously improve its engineering programs and practices, TUP operates the Integrated Research and Training Center (IRTC), which serves as its research and extension arm. Talk about excellence!

8. University of the Philippines (UP)

Do you dream of becoming an isko or iska? As the country’s national university, UP stands by honor and excellence all throughout its eight constituent universities. This premier university holds the most number of National Centers of Excellence and Development among higher education institutions in the country. Moreover, UP continues its stride in international university rankings such as the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings. Got your eyes on one of the UP units? We say go for it!

9. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)

Established in 1965, PLM became the first university in the country to be locally funded by the city government, as well as the first to have a Filipino official name. If you’re a proud Manileño, you can get quality education right in your hometown. And by quality, we mean PLM producing top performers in the national licensure exams in Accountancy, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, and Law to name a few.

P.S. PLM’s founding date coincides with the birthday of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal!

10. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun)

Following the footsteps of PLM is another locally funded university called PLMun. Since its establishment in 1991, this ISO-certified university has been providing quality education to the underprivileged yet deserving students of Muntinlupa City.

The university offers a wide range of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees, specifically in the fields of Education, Criminology, and the Liberal Arts. If you’re not an Education graduate but have a heart for teaching, PLMun can help you earn a Certificate of Teaching Proficiency!

Do you already have a school in mind? Education is costly, but we say it’s definitely worth it. Whether it’s one of these free tuition schools in NCR or elsewhere, we hope you find the best school fit for you. While there are a lot of considerations for choosing, we’re pretty sure you’ll figure it out in no time with the right information at the right time! You got this!

This list is just a glimpse of a thousand scholarships waiting for you. Check ‘em all out on our Scholarships section. If you want to explore more schools and course options in the NCR, go ahead and read more articles like this on the College Life blog section at Edukasyon.ph now!

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Angel is a storyteller who enjoys a good cup of coffee while listening to her family and friends' everyday stories. As a Development Communication graduate, she firmly believes that communities are the birthing ground of change where real people with real stories are just waiting to be heard. She is passionate about learning, coffee, and the next generation. On her spare time, you can find her happily lost in bookstore shelves, grocery alleys, coffee shops... or taking a nap.

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