DETAILS: CHED Merit Scholarship Program (CMSP) for 2024-2025


The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is now accepting applications for CHED Merit Scholarship Program for incoming first-year college students for AY 2024-2025.

The CHED Merit Scholarship Program (CMSP) is a government-funded scholarship aimed at supporting academically talented students, especially those who belong to the following special groups:
  • Underprivileged and homeless citizens (RA 7279);
  • Persons with Disability (RA 7277); and
  • Solo parents and/or their dependents (RA 8371).

A qualified student may be awarded a full or partial scholarship under the State Scholarship and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA). The financial assistance may cover tuition and other fees, as well as a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Overall, the CMSP is a valuable opportunity for promising Filipino students to pursue their higher education goals without having to worry about the financial burden.

See also:  SM College Scholarship Program



Who may Apply?

This scholarship is open for incoming freshmen who want to pursue their undergraduate studies in any CHED recognized priority programs in private higher education institutions (HEIs) or State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs).

What are the Qualifications?

  • Filipino citizen
  • Graduating high school student/ High school graduate with general weighted average (GWA) of at least 96% for Full Merit Program and 93% to 95% or its equivalent for Half Merit Program
  • Student-applicants belonging to the special group of persons such as the underprivileged and Homeless Citizens under Republic Act (RA) No. 7279, Persons with Disability (PWDs) under RA No. 7277 as amended, Solo Parents and/or their Dependents under RA 8371, shall submit certifications and/or Identification Cards (IDs) issued by the appropriate offices or agencies.
  • Avail of only one government-funded financial assistance program.

What are the Requirements?

Student-applicants must secure the following documentary requirements:

A. CITIZENSHIP: Certified true copy of Birth Certificate

  • High school report card for incoming freshmen students eligible for college; and
  • Duly certified true copy of grades for Grade 11 and 1st semester of Grade 12 for graduating high school students

C. INCOME REQUIREMENTS (whichever is applicable):
  • 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 Welfare and Development (DSWD);
  • Case Study report from DSWD; and
  • Latest copy of contract or proof of income, for the children of Overseas Filipino Workers and seafarers
  • Identification Card (ID) – Special Group (Underprivileged or Homeless, PWD, Solo Parent, Senior Citizen, Indigenous People)

Financial Assistance

This scholarship program shall cover tuition and other school fees (TOSF), stipend which shall be released directly to the scholars or through HEIs, and book connectivity allowance per semester of a given academic year until the completion of the degree program.

Private HEIs

Program Period TOSF Stipend Book/ Connectivity Allowance Total
Full PESFA Annual 40,000 70,000 10,000 120,000
Semestral 20,000 35,000 5,000 60,000
Half PESFA Annual 20,000 35,000 5,000 60,000
Semestral 20,000 17,500 2,500 30,000



Program Period TOSF Stipend Book/ Connectivity Allowance Total
Full SSP Annual FREE 70,000 10,000 80,000
Semestral FREE 35,000 5,000 40,000
Half SSP Annual FREE 35,000 5,000 40,000
Semestral FREE 17,500 2,500 20,000


Where and How to Apply?

No need to go to the CHED Regional Offices. The CHED is accepting online application until July 15, 2024.


  • Prepare the complete documentary requirements.
  • Scan the documentary requirements clearly.
  • Send the application and documents ONLINE to your respective CHED Regional Office.

CHED Regional Office Links:


There are 1,374 slots available.


Deadline of Application

The deadline for submission is on July 15, 2024.

For inquiries

For any inquiries or questions, kindly contact your respective CHED Regional Office.

Source / Reference:  CHED Website

CHED Memorandum Order No. 08, s. 2019

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