DepEd Government Assistance and Subsidies (GAS) Programs

Education is a fundamental right and a stepping stone to opportunities. In the Philippines, the Department of Education (DepEd) has initiated several Government Assistance and Subsidies (GAS) programs aimed at ensuring that quality education is accessible and affordable to all, especially for students from underprivileged backgrounds. These initiatives target Senior High School (SHS) and Junior High School (JHS) students, providing financial assistance and support to both students and the institution.

GAS Programs
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Each GAS program is uniquely designed to address various needs within the educational system. Here’s a closer look at some of the primary programs and the specific benefits they offer:

Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP)

    • Benefit: Provides vouchers for tuition and other fees at participating private senior high schools.
    • Amount: The voucher value varies by location and institution type, designed to cover a substantial portion of educational expenses. Although exact amounts are not provided here, they are typically structured to ensure significant financial relief.

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Educational Service Contracting (ESC)

    • Benefit: Offers grants to students enrolled in private junior high schools, aiding in tuition and fee coverage.
    • Amount: The grant is structured to make private education more accessible, with specific amounts tailored to lessen the financial burden on families facing difficulties in accessing public schools.

Teachers’ Salary Subsidy (TSS)

    • Benefit: Provides subsidies to augment private school teachers’ salaries.
    • Amount: This subsidy is aimed at making it more feasible for private schools to employ and retain qualified educators, thereby directly enhancing the educational quality received by students.

School Assistance for Teaching Supplies (SATS) & Public School Financial Assistance (PSFA)

    • Benefit: Allocates funds for teaching supplies, repairs, and maintenance in public schools.
    • Amount: These programs are designed to ensure schools can afford necessary teaching materials and maintain conducive learning environments, directly benefiting both teachers and students.

List of Programs under GAS

The primary GAS programs encompass:

  • Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP)
  • Educational Service Contracting (ESC)
  • Teachers’ Salary Subsidy (TSS)
  • School Assistance for Teaching Supplies (SATS)
  • Public School Financial Assistance (PSFA)

Eligibility / Qualifications

The eligibility criteria for GAS programs primarily focus on the income level and academic performance of students. This ensures that the assistance is directed towards those most in need. 

Specific eligibility requirements may vary across different programs, with detailed information available through DepEd and individual program websites.

Requirements for Application

To apply for any GAS program, applicants are generally required to provide:

  • Proof of income
  • Academic records
  • Other relevant documentation

The exact documentation needed can vary between programs. It’s crucial for applicants to review the specific guidelines for the program they are interested in to ensure a smooth application process.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for DepEd GAS Programs

  • Gather Information: Start by collecting all necessary information about the program you’re interested in, including eligibility criteria and requirements.
  • Prepare Documents: Assemble all required documents, such as income proof, academic records, and identification.
  • Submit Application: Follow the application process as outlined by the DepEd or the specific program. This may involve online submissions or visiting designated offices.
  • Wait for Approval: After submitting your application, wait for the assessment and approval process to be completed.
  • Receive Assistance: Once approved, you’ll receive the financial assistance or subsidy as per the program guidelines.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

Extension of Senior High School Voucher Program for Grade 11 Learners in SUCs and LUCs

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that the Senior High School Voucher Program (SHSVP) will be extended to Grade 11 learners currently enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) for the SY 2023-2024. This extension will allow the learners to continue as voucher beneficiaries and complete their Grade 12 studies in the following academic year. DepEd will be formalizing this arrangement through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). However, starting from the SY 2024-2025, DepEd will no longer extend the SHSVP to Grade 11 learners in SUCs and LUCs, and the acceptance of new Senior High School learners will be subject to the institutions’ charters and funding.

DepEd Receives Approval for Increased Funding for Senior High School Voucher and Educational Service Contracting Programs

The Department of Education (DepEd) expresses its gratitude to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for their continuous support in education, particularly with the approval of a significant increase in funding for the Senior High School Voucher and Educational Service Contracting programs under the Tier 1 budget proposal for FY 2023. With the approved budget of P39.33 billion for the Senior High School Voucher program and P11.05 billion for the Educational Service Contracting program, DepEd can effectively fulfill its mandate of improving access to quality education for Junior and Senior High Schools. This includes assisting private institutions in paying their fees and ensuring financial capability to fully compensate related private institutions within a budget year.


Video: Tripartite deal for DepEd’s senior high school voucher program sought

An education advocate has put forward a proposal for a tripartite agreement between the Department of Education (DepEd), local government units (LGUs), and private institutions to implement a voucher system for senior high school students. This innovative approach aims to provide more opportunities for students to access quality education and bridge the gap between public and private schools. The proposed partnership seeks to ensure equitable access to education and enhance the overall educational landscape in the country.



The GAS Programs by the DepEd play a crucial role in making quality education more accessible and affordable in the Philippines. By providing financial assistance and subsidies, these initiatives help ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations. Interested families and students should explore these programs to understand the benefits and application process, contributing to a brighter future for Filipino students.

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