DepEd opens application for SHS voucher program

THE Department of Education has opened the application for the Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program for this school year.

Based on the projected enrollment for SHS from DepEd, there are 3,08, 646 incoming Grades 11 and 12 or SHS students for school year 2019-2020.

The SHS is a financial assistance program to enable qualified Grade 10 completers to pursue their desired SHS education in private schools, state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local universities and colleges (LUCs) that offer SHS.

For online applications,

DepEd said applicants may “submit the filled out form and scanned copy of complete requirements” to the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) on or before June 2.“

The OVAP accounts may be created until May 31 only.

Grade 10 completers from private junior high schools who wish to avail of the financial subsidy still need to apply since they are not among the automatic voucher recipients.

According to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the Qualified Voucher Applicants (QVA), formerly called Qualified Voucher Recipient (QVR), shall receive a subsidy on their tuition and other school fees, the amount of which will depend on the category of the QVA and the location of the school where the students will enroll in.

Based on DepEd Order No. 60, series of 2017 or the “Guidelines on the Application for the Senior High School Voucher Program for School Year 2018-2019,” SHS voucher amounts are (depending on the category of the QVA): P22,500; P18,000; and  P11,500 in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In Non-NCR highly urbanized cities (HUCs), vouchers amount to P20,000; P16,000; and P10,000. In other locations, vouchers amount to P17,500; P14,000; and P8,750.