Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan (right) of the Commission on Higher Education discusses during a news conference Wednesday at the CHED Office in Quezon City the Students' Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a most exciting part of the government's student assistance program as it directly benefits students of the poorest families. The SGP-PA, with an allocation of P500M, is administered by CHED for State Universities and Colleges in support of the reform agenda for public higher education. Also in photo is Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman.  (MNS photo)

Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan (right) of the Commission on Higher Education discusses during a news conference Wednesday at the CHED Office in Quezon City the Students’ Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a most exciting part of the government’s student assistance program as it directly benefits students of the poorest families. The SGP-PA, with an allocation of P500M, is administered by CHED for State Universities and Colleges in support of the reform agenda for public higher education. Also in photo is Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A total of 313 private colleges and universities nationwide will implement an increase in tuition and other school fees this school year.

A statement released by the Commission on Higher Education said the average increase across all regions is 6.48 percent.

There were no approved increases in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

According to CHED, the tuition hike was warranted given the effects of inflation and the improvement of facilities in the schools.

CHED added however that it has made available more than 100,000 financial assistance grants for deserving students.

CHED has yet to release the list of schools with tuition fee hike. (MNS)