The Student Learning Assistance System Online will open the 2nd Batch of applications for the First Semester of AY 2023 - 2024 to accommodate Freshmen students and continuing Undergraduates who are seeking to apply for Student Learning Assistance through additional financial aid (UP Grants-InAid Program), and other support programs (TES, Donor-funded scholarships, and SAGA). The Office of Student Development Services will open applications on the following dates:
|Learning Assistance Application Period||September 30- October 7, 2023, 2023|
|Release of Results||October 8, 2023|
|Submission of Appeals||October 8-15, 2023|
Undergraduate students, including Juris Doctor, and Doctor of Medicine students, may file applications during th.is period. Students applying for assistance through SLAS Online must use their respective UP Email (@up.edu.ph email).
Students may contact the SFA Helpdesk of their campus should they encounter issues when filing applications to the SLAS Online
The Student Learning Assistance System Online will be open for the First Semester of AY 2023-2024 to accommodate UP Students who are seeking to apply for Student Learning Assistance through additional financial aid (UP Grants-In-Aid Program), and other support programs (TES, Donor funded scholarships, and SAGA). The Office of Student Development Services will open applications on the following dates
|Learning Assistance Application Period||September 13-20, 2023|
|Release of Results||September 21, 2023|
|Submission of Appeals||September 21-28, 2023|
Undergraduate students, including Juris Doctor, and Doctor of Medicine students, may file applications during th.is period. Students applying for assistance through SLAS Online must use their respective UP Email (@up.edu.ph email)
The Office will open the 2nd round of SLAS Online applications for Freshmen and students who could not apply in the 1st round.
Students may contact the SFA Helpdesk of their campus should they encounter issues when filing applications to the SLAS Online.
Students from the University of the Philippines (UP) come from all walks of life. Some of them may not be able to afford to pay the full tuition and other expenses to complete their academic requirements. As the UP community transitions to remote learning, other forms of learning assistance are needed to respond to the changing times.
To expand the support to financially-challenged students and expedite the processing support for academic activities, the University developed the Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS). The SLAS is an expansion of the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online). The UP designed the SFA Online in 2014 to accept applications for tuition subsidy and allowance. Beginning on 7 September 2020, UP students may apply directly for financial support and learning assistance in the SLAS Online (slasonline.up.edu.ph). The expanded System will gather information on students' financial capacity, connectivity situation and connectivity options, and learning assistance requirements to help the University determine the support to be extended to the applicant.
For AY 2023-2024, the SLAS Online will support applications to the following learning assistance programs:
Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP)
UP created the Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP) to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment, based on the household's paying capacity to which a student belongs. Through the GIAP, UP may subsidize a portion of the full cost required during enrollment and, in some instances, grant additional subsidy to waive miscellaneous fees and grant monthly cash allowances.
The UP GIAP is open to undergraduate students, including students enrolled in Law and Medicine.
Tertiary Education Subsidy
The Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) is a financial assistance program managed by the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST).
The TES grants cash allowance for one academic year to undergraduate students from low-income households. To process applications to TES, Scholarship personnel use the information submitted by students in SLAS Online. The University endorses SLAS Online applicants who meet the TES requirements of UniFAST.
Donor-funded Scholarship Programs
Donor-funded Scholarship Programs are financial assistance programs funded by private individuals and other organizations. Different campuses of the University manage these programs.
Applicants to donor-funded scholarship programs must submit application forms to Scholarship and Financial Assistance units on their campus. To process applications, Scholarship personnel use the information submitted by students in SLAS Online. Slots are assigned to SLAS Online applicants that match the requirements provided in the donor-funded scholarship program guidelines.
Students can apply for financial assistance to Donor-funded Scholarship Programs through the Scholarship Offices in their respective campuses.
Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant (SAGA) Program
The Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant (SAGA) Program provides undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to work and earn oncampus while pursuing their studies in the University. Aside from the compensation, students under the SAGA Program are able to gain work experience that could help prepare them for employment, entrepreneurship, and community service after they leave the university. The University, on the other hand, is able to engage the students in fulfilling its academic and operational functions.
Edited as of 12 September 2023/cbc2023
The SLAS Online accepts applications from:
All students who wish to file applications must submit entries to the SLAS Online (see Figure 1). At least two (2) rounds of application will open to accept applications.
Students shall fill out the Questionnaire before the start of the AY 2023-2024. The data will be organized as follows:
Financial capacity refers to the capacity of a learner’s household to afford to expand connectivity options and cover the cost of requirements to improve their readiness to participate in remote learning activities. Financial capacity shall be determined using the Household Income estimates of the UP Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online).
Specific Learning Assistance Requirements are services, mechanisms, and approaches to address barriers to participation and improve learner’s readiness in remote learning activities.
The Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS) is a platform to streamline learning assistance applications in UP. Learning Assistance includes Financial Assistance (e.g., Scholarship Grants), and other forms of support to help students achieve their academic goals this Academic Year. You must read the information provided in the SLAS site regarding the various forms of assistance and support that may be applied for through SLAS (SLAS Online (up.edu.ph).)
To apply, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your household. You are required to read the UP Privacy Notice for SLAS (insert url) before proceeding with your online application so that you and your parent or guardian (if you are a minor) will be informed of the personal information and sensitive personal information that UP will process in connection with your SLAS application, the purposes as well as lawful basis or bases for such processing, the security measures employed by UP to protect such personal data as well as your data privacy rights in relation to such processing. Your information will be reviewed by UP Student Affairs units and campus Scholarship and Financial Assistance units to determine the learning assistance that matches your needs.
UP reserves the right to determine whether the student deserves learning assistance. The OVPAA, in coordination with the Student Affairs units and campus Scholarship and Financial Assistance units, may organize fact-finding teams to check information submitted by applicants. Learning assistance may be withdrawn when a student withholds or gives false data, without prejudice to corrective measures that may be imposed by the University.
All information supplied in the SLAS Online will be kept secure and confidential.
The University may use the information from SLAS Online for research, with the assurance that the applicants' details will be kept secure.
The University may also use the information from SLAS Online to process applications from students in need of other forms of learning assistance, financial assistance, and non-financial support while they are enrolled in UP, with the assurance that the personal details of the applicants will be kept secure.
Students can log in to SLAS Online using their UP Mail (@up.edu.ph) account..
I tried to log in, but the System said I'm not registered. You need to contact the SFA Helpdesk on your campus to register your account in the System.
My UP Mail username recently changed and now I can't log in. Please contact the SFA Helpdesk in your campus to update the UP Mail account linked to your student number.
Forgot your UP Mail password? Click here for more information about How to recover your UP Mail Account. If you are unable to reset your password because you were not able to activate two step verification within the deadline please refer to this link.If you need to contact your CU IT Office as you were unable to set a secondary email or mobile phone number, please refer to the CU IT Directory
No UP Mail account? Please refer to this link re how to request for UP Mail account
Is SLAS Online the same as Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP)?
No. The SLAS Online is a program to collect information needed to process applications to the GIAP and other learning assistance programs. The GIAP is just one of the financial assistance programs supported by the SLAS Online.
I am applying to GIAP. Do I need to submit documents to complete my application?
The GIAP evaluates the need for financial support based on data submitted by the students in SLAS Online.
Should the student feel they need more support, they may file an appeal through the SLAS Online. Students may be asked to submit documents to the campus Scholarship and Financial Assistance units during the evaluation of appeals. These documents will be used to determine students' specific needs and support decisions of Scholarship and Financial Assistance units when granting financial and non-financial support to the applicant.
I am applying to donor-funded scholarship programs. How are applications evaluated?
Applications are evaluated based on the Scholarship Rules that govern the selection of awardees and grantees. Scholars are determined based on the prioritization directive indicated in the donors' scholarship program and funds.
SLAS Online is used to facilitate the processing of applications.
In addition to SLAS Online inputs, applicants may be required to submit income information or other documents.
Where do I send my application to the GIAP?
Students applying for tuition subsidy and financial assistance from the GIAP must log in and fill out the forms in SLAS Online.
Where do I send my application to the TES?
The SLAS Online is used to facilitate the processing of applications to TES. Students will be endorsed to the TES program of UniFAST based on students' information in the SLAS Online.
Who can apply for financial assistance through SLAS Online?
In general, UP undergraduate students, including UP Med and Law students, can submit applications through SFA Online.
I can't log in using my UP Mail (e.g., [email protected])?
Contact your local Computer/IT Center. Be ready to present your latest Form 5 and UP ID for verification.
If you have an existing UP Mail account and you have never logged in to SFA Online, you need to contact the Student Financial Assistance Helpdesk on your campus to register your account.
Do I need to log in to SLAS Online to apply for Internet Connection and Gadget?
Yes. You must log in to indicate your intent to apply to any this learning assistance program in UP.
Why does my UP Mail redirect me to Google/Gmail?
Your UP Mail account is linked to your SLAS Online account. You are redirected to Google/Gmail to authenticate your account.
Edited as of 12 September 2023/jdecbc
The UP System Office of Student Development Services (OSDS) is a policy and coordinating unit created to foster a healthy and nurturing environment in the UP. The Office maintains the SLAS Online database. It utilizes this database to provide insights regarding students needing support to achieve their academic goals
The OSDS is a unit supervised by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The OSDS was the former Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), which was reorganized on 24 February 2022 to formally establish its role as the policy and coordinating unit on student development services in UP.
The OSDS shall assist the University in creating a healthy and nurturing environment where:
The OSDS works with the UP Student Affairs units, Scholarship and Financial Assistance units, and the University Registrars of all campuses to help students achieve their academic goals at UP.
The Office may be reached through the following contact information:
Room 403 Vinzons Hall, 4F, University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines
Diliman Campus, Quezon City
1101 Metro Manila, Philippines
UP Diliman Trunkline: (+632) 8981-8500 local 8779
Direct Inward Dialing: (+632) 8981-8779
(Updated 12 September 2023 /jde)
To exercise and safeguard academic freedom, uphold your right to quality education and perform its functions under RA 9500, the University of the Philippines (UP) needs to process information that identifies you as an individual (personal and sensitive personal information). UP is committed to comply with the Philippine Data Privacy Act of 2012 (PDPA) in order to protect your right to data privacy.
This notice explains in general terms the purposes and legal bases for the processing of the personal data (personal and sensitive personal information) that UP collects from users of the Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS), the measures in place to protect your data privacy, and the rights that you may exercise in relation to such information.
The term UP/University/us refers to the University of the Philippines System and Constituent University offices.
The term you/your refers to SLAS users and, where the context so indicates, your parent or guardian if you are a minor.
The UP System Office of Student Development Services (OSDS) under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA), which is in charge of administering the SLAS, collects and processes your personal data through the SLAS online portal at https://slasonline.up.edu.ph/. If you are unable to file your application due to lack of internet access please request assistance from the Office of Student Affairs or Office of Scholarships and Grants of your campus.
The OSDS, in coordination with the Student Affairs and Scholarship and Financial Assistance units of the Constituent Universities, composed of the Offices of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSAs) and the Offices of Student Affairs or Office of Scholarships and Grants of the relevant UP Campus may organize fact finding teams to check the information submitted by SLAS users applying for assistance.
The above CU offices oversee the application, screening and referral activities at the CU level.
In case you visit a UP Campus in order to use University facilities e.g. computer laboratories, WiFi etc to submit and check on your online application your image may be captured by UP's CCTV cameras.
When you submit your SLAS application online, you provide us through the forms you submit (and in the case of minors, the certification and consent form that your parent/guardian also agree to through your act of submitting your application through the SLAS electronic portal), among others, your name, access credentials for the SLAS portal, sex assigned at birth (male/female), date of birth, and civil status,your student number, the UP Campus you will enroll in, College or School and course in order to verify your identity.
We also ask if you are a member of an Indigenous People’s group, and/or if you have any physical disability or medical condition and the name(s) of your sibling(s) studying in UP who is/are the recipient(s) of any financial assistance for their studies. Aside from using such information to verify your identity as indicated above, such processing is also done pursuant to Section 9 of RA 9500 http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2008/04/19/republic-act-no-9500/ which requires UP to take affirmative steps to enhance the access of disadvantaged students to the University’s programs and services.
We ask you to indicate if you are already receiving financial assistance for your studies from UP, the government or the private sector in order for UP to equitably allocate financial assistance to other applicants who have yet to receive such financial assistance from the University.
UP also processes information about your citizenship based on the latest information provided by the Constituent University Registrars as only Filipino citizens are qualified to receive learning assistance.
Contact information (e.g. landline, mobile number, current address, permanent address, UP mail or other email address if you have no UP mail yet) is processed by UP in order to be able to communicate effectively with you and to enable us to contact and or visit your household in case UP needs to verify your submitted information. As a general rule, UP will inform you regarding results of your application through the email you indicated in the SLAS .
UP processes information about your household (i.e. names of your parents or guardian and other household members if they are receiving any income, pension or financial assistance, their respective civil status, highest educational attainment, present occupation, employer (or information if they are self employed or an independent contractor), addresses as well as information about the income, pension or financial assistance, including receipt of assistance from abroad, received by all members of the household including siblings, senior citizens etc), household location, properties owned ( e.g whether or not a member of the household owns the house you are living in, appliances, vehicles) etc goods and services used e.g. laundry, unsponsored airfare by your household to be able to determine your household’s financial capacity and your eligibility for financial assistance pursuant to the UP Charter and other applicable laws. By providing the personal date of other persons to us you warrant that you have obtained their consent for UP to process their personal data and that you undertake to hold UP free and harmless from liability for the processing of their personal data.
In the event you file an appeal we ask you to provide further information about your present family condition, specific circumstances that may prevent you from pursuing your studies this semester, solutions have you taken to address these challenges and how the Covid 19 pandemic affected you and your family and your capacity to achieve your academic goals.
We combine the above personal data with your household’s financial capacity using automated means via the SLAS portal as well as any of the documents OSDS or the proper campus office requires you to provide in support of your application or appeal in order to be able to determine whether you are qualified for financial and/or other learning assistance.
UP processes your personal data in order for the University to be able to exercise its right to academic freedom pursuant to the 1987 Constitution and its Charter which states among others that, as mentioned above, UP has the legal obligation to take affirmative steps to enhance the access of disadvantaged students to the University’s programs and services.
You may wish to read NPC Advisory Opinion 2022-14 https://privacy.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Advisory-Opinion-No.-2022-014_Redacted.pdf which states that:
Although the “fulfillment of a contract” requirement is not included in the enumeration in Section 13, the NPC anchors the processing of sensitive personal information within the school’s educational framework upon consent based on jurisprudence defining the contractual nature of the relationship between the school and the student. Hence, upon enrollment, the student and the school are deemed to have executed a contract imbued with public interest that necessarily carries with it the consent of both parties. A different interpretation would otherwise create an absurd situation where schools may not process or use their student’s educational information for his or her own education and benefit.
At this juncture, the NPC would like to clarify that educational institutions may process personal data to achieve the purposes within its educational framework without the need for consent of the data subject. The data subject in an educational setting includes students, faculty and staff. It is then of utmost importance that the school delineates all processing operations, carefully identifying those that are core to the educational framework and those outside of it (e.g. marketing or public relations purposes).
… the NPC respects the same doctrine of Academic Freedom for the processing of personal data within the educational framework, if it is in accordance with the provisions of the DPA and other existing laws, rules and regulations. The NPC will remain neutral on the chosen methods and technology by the educational institution as long as it is within the bounds of the law.
We compare the above information with other information in the custody of the University in order to be able to verify your identity and prevent fraud.
As stated above, the University through the concerned campus offices may also conduct field visits in order to verify the information you have submitted for the prevention of fraud.
UP may compile statistics and conduct research on information collected through SLAS subject to the applicable provisions of the PDPA and research ethics guidelines in order to carry out its mandate as the National University. In conducting policy and operations research in order to improve the delivery of services to students, UP will remove personal identifiers and process only aggregate or statistical information such that the same will no longer be subject to the provisions of PDPA.
We require you to attest that the information that you provide us is true and correct as we also use the information in order to prevent the commission of fraud. Such processing is necessary for compliance with our legal obligation as a publicly funded University and to uphold our legitimate interest as an educational institution as well as that of taxpayers.
UP shall retain and provide measures for the secure storage of your personal data for as long as the above purposes for processing such data subsist, in order to establish or defend legal claims, or as otherwise allowed or required by the PDPA and other applicable laws and issuances.
As a general rule, the University will disclose or share such information only when required or allowed by applicable laws.
Under the PDPA, personal information may be processed e.g. disclosed, for instance, when it is necessary in order for UP to comply with a legal obligation; to protect your vitally important interests including your right to quality education ; necessary to fulfill the functions of public authority (as mentioned above UP is duty bound to exercise the right and responsibility of academic freedom under the Constitution and its Charter) or when necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the University or a third party (for example disclosures done in order to comply with the requirements of the Commission on Audit, CHED UNIFAST etc .
Sensitive personal information (e.g. confidential educational records, age/birthdate, civil status, ) on the other hand may be processed when such is allowed by laws and regulations, such regulatory enactments provide for the protection of such information and the consent of the data subject is not required under such law or regulation, e.g. under the Constitutional provision on academic freedom read in relation to the UP Charter when needed for the protection of lawful rights and interests of natural or legal persons in court proceedings, for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims or where provided to government or public authority.
Consent is a lawful basis for processing personal or sensitive personal information under the PDPA.
Examples of applicable laws that may require UP to disclose your information pursuant to law include the Implementing Rules and Regulations and Implementing Guidelines for the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 (RA 10931) and the UNIFAST Act (RA 10687) .
Please note that under the UNIFAST Act, among others, the UNIFAST Board is authorized under Section 15 to
e Promulgate the minimum guidelines, rules, and regulations for determining qualified Beneficiaries of student financial assistance for Tertiary Education;
f Provide general guidelines for the drawing up of contracts with the student Beneficiaries specifying the rights and obligations of the parties that may include a service clause or such other stipulations of cost recovery the Board may deem in the best interest of the public and consistent with, or responsive to, national, social, economic, and human resources development plans, subject to Section 12;
g Monitor, assess, and make impact evaluation of StuFAPs and projects, with the end in view of determining whether these programs shall be adopted, continued, or terminated;
Kindly note that the following are examples of information that are not covered by the DPA as stated in Sec. 4 of such law:
c Information relating to any discretionary benefit of a financial nature such as the granting of a license or permit given by the government to an individual, including the name of the individual and the exact nature of the benefit;
d Personal information processed for journalistic, artistic, literary or research purposes;
e Information necessary in order to carry out the functions of public authority,
UP obtains your consent (or if you are a minor, the consent given by your parent or guardian for and in your behalf) for the processing of your personal data through automated decision making pursuant to this privacy notice through the submission of your online application via the SLAS portal. If you wish to withdraw consent, as when you decide for example to withdraw your SLAS application, kindly write or send an email to the OSDS and the relevant Campus Student Affairs Unit, and identify the processing activity for which you are withdrawing consent. Please attach a copy of your UP ID (or if you have none, a valid government issued ID card ) so that we will be able to verify your identity. Note that consent may be withdrawn only for a processing activity/ies for which consent is the only applicable lawful ground for such processing.Kindly await OSDS and the Campus Student affairs Units action regarding your request. Rest assured that once the relevant UP offices confirm that you have validly withdrawn consent for a processing activity/ies the same shall be effective unless you thereafter send a letter or email that you are again consenting to such processing activity/ies.
Even prior to the effectivity of the PDPA, UP put in place physical, organizational, and technical measures to protect your right to privacy, and is committed to reviewing and improving them, so as to be able to comply, among others, with its obligations under the applicable provisions of the Education Act of 1982 which require us to keep your educational records confidential. You may wish for instance to read UP's Acceptable Use Policy for IT Resources (AUP).
From time to time, UP posts information on relevant sites and sends emails that explain how you can secure and maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. Rest assured that UP personnel are allowed to process your personal information only when such processing is part of their official duties. The OSDS only discloses your personal information to other offices and UP personnel, such as UP System offices that are in charge of soliciting donations for students, the Offices of Student Affairs and the University Registrars of the Constituent Universities, in order to perform their official functions.
SLAS allows you to access and update the personal information you provide UP in connection with your application for learning assistance. You are duty bound to see to it that the personal data and other information you provide the University is accurate and updated when the need arises. The SLAS portal allows you to update or correct your personal data. If you need to correct or update your information or that of relevant third parties after you have submitted your online application, you must seek the assistance of your Campus SLAS HelpDesk in order to correct your personal data.
Aside from the right to access and correct your personal data, you have the following rights subject to the conditions and limitations provided under the PDPA and other applicable laws and regulations:
a. The right to be informed about the processing of your personal data through this and other applicable privacy notices.
b. The right to object to the processing of your personal data, to suspend, withdraw or order the blocking, removal or destruction thereof from our filing system. Kindly note however that, as mentioned above, there are various instances when the processing of personal data you have provided is necessary for us to comply with UP’s mandate, statutory and regulatory requirements, or is processed using a lawful basis other than consent. In the case of your UP ID it is your duty to immediately report the loss of such card to your University Registrar and the UP ITDC so that UP can prevent the unauthorized use of the same.
c. The right to receive, pursuant to a valid decision, damages due to the inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, false, unlawfully obtained, or unauthorized use of personal data, taking into account any violation of your rights and freedoms as a data subject and
d. The right to lodge a complaint before the National Privacy Commission provided that you first exhaust administrative remedies by filing a request with the proper offices or a complaint with the proper DPO through the email address indicated below (for CU related concerns please email the proper CU DPO) regarding the processing of your information, or the handling of your requests for access, correction, blocking of the processing of your personal data and the like.
It is your duty to visit this site from time to time to see any updates regarding the Privacy Notice for SLAS Online users. We shall alert you regarding changes to this Policy through this site.
This SLAS Privacy Notice was revised and will be effective as of the 1st semester AY 2023-24.
If you have any queries or suggestions regarding this privacy notice or data privacy concerns regarding your personal information processed via SLAS you may contact the UP System Data Protection Officer through the following:
c/o Office of the President
2F North Wing Quezon Hall
(Admin Building) University Avenue,
UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Phone | (632) 89280110; (632) 89818500 loc. 2521
For CU related concerns please email your campus DPO