OSSS: the unsung hero of students’ tuition discounts


Photos by: Justin Romero, TNP Resident Photographer

UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY – For some, they are the messenger of good news; while for others, they speak the curse of debt.

The Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) serves as the mediator, processor and verdict announcer for our socialized tuition discounts and scholarship applications. OSSS executes “policies and guidelines approved by the Board of Regents on scholarships and financial assistance programs,” according to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs website. Socialized Tuition System applications, student loans, student assistantships and scholarships are programs handled by the office.

Regardless of the nature of news they bring about our applications or appeals, the OSSS provides extremely crucial services to students from all walks of life, and its humble office located at the third floor of Vinzons Hall is one of the must-go places for every student at least once in their UP life.



Pre-enrollment days may be their peak work season, but the work of OSSS extends to the rest of the academic year. Students visit the office to process their loans, tuition discount appeals and scholarship applications.



The office maintains an overwhelming amount of paper documents especially during the days of Socialized Tuition Financial Assistance Program (STFAP), wherein students usually submit hard copies of application forms and supporting documents.


Prof. Niel Kenneth Jamandre heads the Office of Scholarships and Student Services. Jamandre also teaches Speech Communication classes under the UP College of Arts and Letters.

For more information about the office, you may contact OSSS through telephone numbers (632) 928-7228 and (632) 981-8500 local 4504 to 4506.

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