For shiftees, any semester that the student has availed of the benefits of Free Higher Education will be subtracted from the expected duration of the current program in which the student is enrolled.
For transferees, any semester wherein the student has availed of any form of government-funded Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) shall be subtracted from the expected duration of the current program in which the student is enrolled.
For returning students and other students who went on a leave of absence (LOA), the determination and computation of their free higher education benefit shall be without prejudice to the most expedient way of completing their studies.
SUCs and LUCs shall decide on the cases that merit the extension of the availment of free higher education, provided these comply with the basic requirements under RA 10931 and guidelines. (Section 6-c IRR of RA 10931).