Do you live somewhere in Visayas but are not sure know which schools are the priciest and the most affordable?
In the place where most people call the land of happiness, there are plenty of schools to choose from with varying prices, along with matching student-friendly places to chill. But you don’t need to look far for a list of schools in the region – Edukasyon.ph has compiled a list featuring five of the most expensive colleges and universities per region for you! And to give you more options, there’s also a list of affordable universities in Visayas that you can apply for!*
*- Each of these universities’ tuition fees have been updated to match tuition rates in 2018 and have also been ranked accordingly.
Most Affordable Colleges
Region VI – Western Visayas
Bacolod City College (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) – P2,000 – P3,000
Established by the local government of Bacolod City, the community college has three campuses, namely in Taculing, Sum-ang, and Fortune City.
Philippine Normal University (Cadiz City, Negros Occidental) – P6,000
Like its Metro Manila counterpart, Philippine Normal University is known for specializing in education-related courses for aspiring teachers.
Western Visayas College of Science and Technology, Leon Campus (formerly Leon National College of Agriculture) (Leon, Iloilo) – P6,000 – P8,000
Formerly known as Leon National College of Agriculture, its main campus in La Paz is one of the first colleges in Visayas to receive a STARBOOKS station, an academic-and-research-based kiosk in Western Visayas.
Capiz State University Main Campus (Roxas City, Capiz) – P4,000 – P8,000
Formerly known as Panay State Polytechnic College in 1980, the state university acquired its university status in 2004. It also specializes in agriculture, fishery, science, technology, arts, humanities, and education.
Bago City College (Bago, Negros Occidental) – P6,000 – P10,000
Founded in 1980, Bago City College mainly offers tertiary level programs in Criminology, Teacher Education, Information Systems, and the Arts.
Region VII – Central Visayas
Cebu Normal University (Cebu City, Cebu) – P3,000 – P10,000
Known as a provincial branch of the Philippine Normal University, Cebu Normal University also established the Garbo sa CNU Awards during its 106th anniversary, where 106 students who showed exemplary commitment to the promotion of academic excellence were recognized by the institution.
Sibonga Community College (Sibonga, Cebu) – P6,000 – P8,800
Known as a non-sectarian institution, the CHED-recognized college was built in 2008 to provide quality education in the arts and sciences to underprivileged yet deserving students.
Consolacion Community College (Consolacion, Cebu) – P10,000 – P12,000
First founded in 2010, Consolacion Community College aims to promote awareness among its students for them to be active in solving worldwide issues through instruction, research, and extension.
Region VIII – Eastern Visayas
Maasin City College (Maasin City, Southern Leyte) – P3,000 – P5,000
First established in 2007, the city government-owned college offers courses in Agriculture, Social Work, Public Administration, and Tourism, and also has a DepEd recognized senior high school program that also offers Academic and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood strands to its students.
Eastern Samar State University (Borongan City, Eastern Samar) – P6,000
Formerly known as Eastern Samar State College, the Borongan-based school’s programs are also duly recognized by DepEd, TESDA and CHEd. Eastern Samar State University is also a member of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA).
Northwest Samar State University (Calbayog City, Samar) – P8,000 – P10,000
First known as the Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology, the school eventually integrated with the Samar State College of Agriculture and Forestry (SSCAF) and achieved university status in 2009.
Leyte Normal University (Tacloban, Leyte) – P8,000 – P12,000
Having been established in 1921 as the Leyte Normal School, the university has also been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) as a Center for Excellence for Teacher Education in Region VIII.
Samar State University (Catbalogan City, Samar) – P8,000 – P12,000
The state university first started out as a laboratory shop of the Samar Provincial High School called the Samar Trade School. At present, the university has four campuses (namely in Catbalogan, Mercedes, Basey, and Paranas), and is also known for being active in conducting research and community engagement projects in and around Samar.
Most Expensive Colleges
Region VI – Western Visayas
Riverside College (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) – P60,000 – P64,000
First established in 1954 by Dr. Pablo O. Torre, who also founded the Riverside Medical Center, the private educational institution also ranked 4th in the list of top performing schools in the Physical Therapy Licensure Examination in August 2017.
John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) – P56,000 – P60,000
Having followed its older maritime sibling in 1974, the John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation is a component school of the John B. Lacson Foundation Inc. System, alongside other schools like its Molo and Arevalo branches.
University of St. La Salle (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) – P46,000 – P80,000
Founded in 1952 by three American brothers, the private Catholic institution was originally named La Salle College-Bacolod until it was granted university status in 1988, which opened more doors for its Colleges of Engineering, Education, Nursing, Law, and Graduate Schools.
La Consolacion College, Bacolod (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) – P52,000 – P60,000
First established in 1919, the Bacolod-based Catholic school is also known as one of the first Higher Education Institutions established in Negros Occidental.
John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Molo (Iloilo City, Iloilo) – P40,000 – P62,000
First founded in 1948, the maritime college was first founded by a master mariner named Juan B. Lacson along with his brother Frank Lacson.
Region VII – Central Visayas
Centre for International Education British School (Cebu City, Cebu) – P450,000
Also known as CIE, the British International School was first established in 1985 by Nelia Cruz Sarcol, who is colloquially known as “Teacher Nelia.” The school prides itself for being a school for leaders. It is also the most expensive out of all the schools in Visayas, and is one of the ten most expensive schools in the country.
St. Theresa’s College, Cebu (Cebu City, Cebu) – P100,000 – P110,000 / P50,000 – P54,000
A Filipino Catholic institution, St. Theresa’s College of Cebu is also PAASCU-accredited and recognized by DepEd. It also keeps a partnership with organizations such as Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT Education (CEDF-IT), SME Network Philippines Training Center Inc., and Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and has also achieved a 100% passing rate in the 2017 Social Worker Licensure Examination.
Cebu Doctors’ University (Mandaue City, Cebu) – P76,000 – P90,000
First founded in 1975, the Mandaue-based private university is also one of the first nursing colleges in Cebu that was eventually given university status in 2005.
University of San Carlos (Cebu City, Cebu) – P60,000 – P90,000
Known as one of the oldest schools in Asia, the university went through various change of hands over three centuries since its establishment in 1783 as the Colegio Seminario de San Carlos before it earned its university status in 1948. USC also has the highest number of CHED recognitions with 12 Centers of Development and 8 Centers of Excellence awards, along with it being granted Full Autonomous status by CHED.
Silliman University (Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental) – P20,136 – P70,000
Also deemed a National Landmark, the Dumaguete-based university has also been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Coastal Resource Management by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Region VIII – Eastern Visayas
Christ the King College (Calbayog City, Samar) – P30,000 – P40,000
Christ the King College prides itself as a pioneer Catholic learning institution in Samar, having been first built as the Colegio de San Vicente de Paul in 1905.
University of the Philippines Visayas, Tacloban College (Tacloban Leyte) – P30,000 – P40,000
An extension of the University of the Philippines, UPVTC was first established in 1973 as an autonomous unit in Visayas and continues to focus on being a forefront of higher education by prioritizing academic programs for the benefit of local and national development in the region.
Samar College (Catbalogan City, Samar) – P20,000 – P24,000
First baptized as Samar Junior College in 1949, Samar College is also a TESDA-accredited institution that also offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programs under TESDA and CHED. Samar College’s Master of Arts in Education program was also granted a Certification of Recognition by CHED. The Catbalogan school also received two awards for excellence from the Department of Education, Culture and Sports for its priority on quality education.
JE Mondejar Foundation College (Tacloban, Leyte) – P20,000 – P22,000
Founded in 1990 by Jose Rene Mondejar, the college formerly known as the JE Mondejar Computer College first began as a private school that offered computer courses to government agencies and companies. The school eventually changed its name in 2007 to its current name as a reflection of its focus on courses outside computer programs such as business and nursing.
Visayas State University (Baybay City, Leyte) – P6,600 – P32,000
Having changed its name six times to reflect their education status, Visayas State University first started as an agricultural school in 1924, which has since branched out to offering different agriculture-based programs such as agribusiness, agricultural chemistry, agronomy, agricultural engineering and animal science. Visayas State University is also recognized by CHED as a Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, and Forestry, and has been duly recognized as a multi-commodity research center in the Visayas, on top of being a zonal agricultural university in the country.
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