/ 23 August 2020

STUDENTS from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication of De La Salle University in Dasmariñas campus have raised issues and concerns after being deliberately charged with allegedly excessive fees for the incoming school year.

A report of the Coalition of Concerned Lasallians showed that tuition and other fees on the student’s portal increased from P3,033 to P4,033 for AB Communication learners.

The group questioned the P500 recollection or retreat fee along with the P1800 fee for the National Service Training Program being imposed despite the online classes.

“The excessive fees charged to students must be addressed as soon as possible. We only have classes online. Why is there a miscellaneous fee to pay? The students will not be provided with the gadgets either except for the gadgets loan we were offered,” the group said.

The CCL also stressed the unexplained inconsistencies on charges and deduction glitches on the pre-registration forms have caused payment confusion among enrollees.

The coalition members mentioned that the P900 charge on the Student Engagement Program was still included in the payment although the university initially announced its cancellation during the general assembly.

The CCL also urged the university administration to provide a proper breakdown of fees and to heed the demands of the students.

“The Coalition is calling out for an immediate action on this particular concern since we have less than a month before the online classes start. “We’re calling out for transparency and releasing the breakdown of fees for the upcoming academic year,” CCL said.

“In these trying times, we must learn to listen to the Lasallian Community and come up with pro-student resolutions to ensure the safe, quality, accessible and democratic education,” the coalition added.

Classes in De La Salle University in Dasmariñas campus will open on September 14, 2020