DLSU Manila extends tuition rebates, free counseling, pocket wifis to support academe in lockdown

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After announcing its No-failing Grade Policy, DLSU Manila is providing financial rebates, psychological help, and internet connectivity support to its academic community while under lockdown. Photo courtesy of DLSU STRATCOM

De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU Manila) has announced tuition rebates and extended free counseling as well as pocket wifis to support its academic community to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced community quarantine.

The financial, psychological, and connectivity support was detailed in the DLSU memo from Br. Raymundo B. Suplido, FSC. of the Office of the President posted by The Lasallian on April 17, 2020.

The DLSU president said it was “forced to adopt a ‘new normal’ and change how we pursue teaching and learning in an academic setting,” given the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed down schools.

TUITION REBATES

The DLSU Office of the President stated in the memo that the university decided to use the 70% rate for salaries as its basis for recalculating the cost of education under an entirely online mode.

The University decided to initially provide the following financial packages:

Term 2 A.Y. 2019-2020 Tuition and Fees
A 7% rebate shall be given to Manila Campus students and 10% for Laguna Campus students. This rebate may be obtained either as check payment, as credit to Term 2 outstanding balances, or as credit to Term 3, AY 2019-2020 tuition.

This 7% rebates take into account the number of weeks from the start of the enhanced community quarantine to the originally scheduled end of Term 2, as well as the predominantly fixed nature of the University’s costs (mostly salaries and benefits).

In addition, there will be a rebate of some Term 2 fees. Rebates on some laboratory fees will be handled on a per class basis.

Term 3 2019-2020 Tuition and Fees
A 20% discount on tuition will be given to Term 3, AY 2019-2020. In Addition, payment schemes will be expanded, including more installment options.

Some fees will be waived.

The Finance and Accounting Office’s policy that students can enroll for Term 3 only upon full settlement of their Term 2 payables, is suspended.

FREE COUNSELING

Aside from the financial packages, DLSU also offers free counseling services from the Office of Counseling and Career Services.

Lasallian Counselors are available to help academic community members in this difficult time by calling (0928) 454-6459 or (0905) 221-6924 from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00am – 12:00nn and 1:00pm – 5:00 pm.

The Psychology Department’s Telepsychology for the Lasallian community is also doing its part by providing support for those who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and other psychological issues during this time.

WIFI

The University is also extending its connectivity support by making arrangements with telecommunication companies for the provision of Wi-Fi gadgets to students and faculty who have no internet access to help them continue their study programs online. Details will be available soon.

DLSU earlier announced that it will implement a no-failing-grade policy this second trimester and has provided its students options for the completion of school requirements, including deferment of classes that they can complete within one academic year.

“In this challenging time, the University appreciates the members of its community who have made sacrifices and contributed to helping others, despite the difficulties in which they find themselves. As St. La Salle once prayed, we also implore God to continue what He has begun in us, that we may find strength in the pursuit of our shared mission. May you and your family stay safe and healthy,” said Br. Raymundo B. Suplido, FSC.

Another educational institution, the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) had earlier announced it was giving all students Pass (P) marks and will refund lab and dorm fees, as the Loyola school’s act of compassion at this time of suspended classes during the community quarantine.

De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) alumni have joined together to raise 10.5 million pesos to support the Bayanihan Musikahan fundraiser for the urban poor affected by the community quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to DLSU Manila for addressing the needs of its academic community in these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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