The Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) is a program of financial assistance wherein subsidies in the form of vouchers are provided to qualified SHS learners in participating private and non-DepEd SHS (DO 11, S. 2015).
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Eligibility for Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program
|Not Eligible||Qualified Voucher Recipients (QVRs) (no need to apply)||Voucher Applicants (need to apply)|
|Grade 10 Completers before SY 2019-2020||Category A: Grade 10 completers in DepEd public schools||Category D: Grade 10 completers in private schools who are not ESC grantees|
|High School graduates of March 2015 or earlier||Category B: Grade 10 completers in SUCs and LUCs||Category E: Learners who took/will take the ALS A&E Test* in the current school year|
|Incoming Grade 12 learners who were not part of SHS VP in Grade 11||Grade 10 completers who are ESC grantees||Category F: Learners who took/will take the PEPT* in the current school year|
Voucher Application Procedures
The application may be done manually or online; both are free of charge. VAs are highly discouraged from submitting multiple applications. All applications shall be coursed through Private Education Assistance Committee National Secretariat (PEAC NS) via Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) for online application and the PEAC NS office for manual application. DepEd shall not accept submissions of applications. VAs are encouraged to apply online as this mode carries a number of features not available for manual applications. Online applications allow VAs to have a longer period to apply, submit the required documents in parts, and track their applications.
Required Documents as Proof of Financial Means
|If the parents or guardian/s and the other person/s:||Required Document||Where to obtain document if not readily available|
|Employed in the Philippines (including self-employed||Latest Income Tax Return Or Certificate of Employment||Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Employer|
|Employed abroad||Certificate of Employment||Employer or Recruitment Agency|
|Unemployed but with other sources of income||Affidavit of source of income stating average monthly earnings/support received||Notary Public|
|Unemployed and without income||Certificate of Non-Filing of Income Tax Return OR||Bureau of Internal Revenue|
|Municipal Certificate of Unemployment||Mayor’s Office (Not from the Barangay or the City Assessor’s Office)|
Education Service Contracting (ESC)
The Education Service Contracting (ESC), which aimed at democratizing and improving access to quality secondary education, is a government financial assistance to deserving elementary school graduates who wish to pursue their secondary education in private schools (DO 31, s. 2010). ESC grant starts at Grade 7 and represents a four-year funding commitment of the government.
Program beneficiaries of ESC are awarded certificates as evidence of the Government’s commitment to supporting their education in a private high school for as long as they meet the entrance requirements, as well as those for regular promotion to each of the succeeding school years until they graduate.