CHED Scholarship Programs – Priority Courses for 2021-2022

The priority programs aim to direct/steer higher education qualified applicants for financial assistance under the CHED Scholarship Programs (CSPs) to enroll in public or private higher education institutions (HEls) offering recognized/authorized undergraduate priority programs.

The determination of the priority programs was the result of the discussions and deliberations conducted by the Technical Working Group (TWG) Members composed of representatives from CHED and UniFAST Secretariat in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Philippine Management Information System (PMIS), in line with the National Development Plan on manpower demands based on the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information (LMI) Report of DOLE.

Free Tuition Fee and Other School Fees for Scholars

Scholars who are enrolled in any of the priority programs listed in this CMO may avail of the benefits under the CSPs provided that the financial assistance under the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES)-UniFAST will not be duplicated. In the case of scholars with financial assistance under the CSPs who are already enrolled in SUCs and LUCs and enjoying the benefits of Free Tuition and Other School Fees (TOSF) under R.A. No. 10931 , they can still be granted financial assistance in the form of stipend the amount of which would depend on the type of CSPs they were able to qualify.

List of Priority Programs

  • 2021 GAA which provides that CHED shall prioritize courses aligned with global innovation platforms of:
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-Fisheries and Mathematics (STEAM) as well as the priorities of the government in key growth areas such as semiconductor and electronics, business process outsourcing, tourism, general infrastructure and other priority manufacturing industries;
  • Priority needs of the country during pandemic as pronounced by the National Government;
  • Philippine Development Plan;
  • In-demand and hard to fill occupations, and jobs of the future and/or green jobs as identified by DOLE, PCCI, POEA, TESDA, and PRC; and
  • CHED’s data on oversubscribed and undersubscribed courses.

List of CHED Scholarship Programs (CSPs) effective Academic Year (AY) 2021-2022.

  1. Science and Mathematics Courses
  2. Information Technology Education Courses
    • Computer Science
    • Cyber Security
    • Entertainment and Multimedia Computing/Game Development and Animation
    • Information System
    • Information Technology
    • Library and Information Science
  3. Engineering and Technology Courses
    • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
    • Ceramic Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics Engineering/ Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • Food Engineering
    • Geodetic Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Manufacturing/Production Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Mining Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Robotics Engineering
    • Sanitary Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Aircraft Maintenance Technology
    • Aviation Related Programs
    • Engineering Technology
    • Industrial Technology
    • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  4. Architecture Courses and Related Programs 
    • Architecture
    • Fine Arts
    • Interior Design
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Environmental Planning
  5. Business and Management Courses
    • Accountancy
    • Business Analytics (straight or major)
    • Hospitality Management/ Hotel and Restaurant Management
    • Tourism Management/Tourism
  6. Health Profession Education Courses
    • Doctor of Dental Medicine
    • Doctor of Optometry
    • Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science
    • Midwifery
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Speech Language Pathology
  7. Maritime Education Courses
    • Marine Engineering
    • Marine Transportation
  8. Social Sciences Courses
    • Community Development
    • Human Services (Guidance and Counselling)
    • Indigenous Peoples Studies/Education
    • Peace Studies/Education
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
  9. Teacher Education Courses
    • Secondary Education Majors in Science and Mathematics
    • Culture and Arts
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Special Needs Education
    • Sports and Exercise Science
  10. Multi and Interdisciplinary Cluster
    • Agribusiness
    • Agro-Forestry
    • Data Science and Analytics
    • Disaster Risk Management/ Climate Change
    • Renewable/Sustainable Energy

Regional Priority Programs

For the effective implementation of this CMO, the CHED Regional Offices (CHEDROs) shall ensure that the Priority Programs herein listed are properly distributed according to the regional needs and availability of slots.

In order to ensure maximum utilization of slots, the Regional Director may exercise discretion in the distribution of slots among national and regional priority areas provided that it is within the percentage allotted to the region.

Career Guidance

The CHED, in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and DOLE, shall intensify the promotion of identified priority programs through Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP). For this purpose, all graduating beneficiaries of CHED StuFAPs are encouraged to register in the Phi/JobNet (, a government online job portal, in order to avail of the job search assistance and other employment facilitation services. The Phi/JobNetalso provides career information advice and other featured articles that the students may use as tools in making career choices.


I. Check whether you are qualified to any CHED Scholarship Programs (CSPs)

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  1. Filipino citizen;
  2. Incoming freshmen this AY 2021-2022;
  3. Graduating high school student/High school graduate with general weighted average (GWA) of at least 93% or above;
  4. Combined annual gross income of parent/s, guardian which does not exceed Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php400,000.00), or in cases where the income exceeds Php400,000.00 an applicant must present a written certification or medical findings of illness of a family member, or school certification of two or more dependents enrolled in college; and
  5. Aside from the requirements in 1, 2, and 3, those student applicants belonging to the underprivileged, orphans, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), solo parents and senior citizens, and Indigenous Peoples (IPs), shall submit certifications and/or Identification Cards (IDs) issued by the appropriate offices or agencies.

II. Check if your course fits in the CHED Priority Courses

III. If you are qualified, accomplish the CHED Scholarship Program Application Form

IV. Print and submit the generated CHED Scholarship Program Application Form together with the pertinent documentary requirements to the designated Higher Education Institution near you.

Documentary Requirements

  1. Duly certified true copy of Birth Certificate
  2. Academic:
    • Duly certified true copy of High school report card for incoming freshmen students eligible for college; or
    • Duly certified true copy of grades for Grade 11 and 1st semester of Grade 12 for graduating high school students.
  3. Financial: (any of the following)
    • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardian;
    • Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR);
    • Certificate of Indigence either from their Barangay or Department of Social Welfre and Development (DSWD);
    • Case Study Report from DSWD; or
    • Latest copy of contract or proof of income may be considered for children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and seafarers.

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