Here's How Much It Costs to Study at Far Eastern University

Plus, top courses the university is known for.
by Hannah Lazatin   |  Jan 22, 2022
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History of the Far Eastern University

Dr. Nicanor Reyes founded the Far Eastern University in 1928, through the help of educators from the University of the Philippines’ Department of Economics. It began as an Institute of Accountancy and offered a three-year program that would prepare students for the certified public accountant examination. The learning institute continued to fill its students’ needs and it became the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance a year later. The year 1933 was pivotal for the university as it saw the partnership of the IABF and the Far Eastern College, which offered courses in liberal arts. Dr. Reyes remained the university's president through the ‘30s and ‘40s. 

“In addition to academic excellence, the university strives to impart a well-rounded education by providing alternatives to students,” the university website says. The university has since expanded to offer programs for the arts and sciences, architecture, fine arts, education, engineering, law, nursing, medicine, and more. It now runs five campuses across Metro Manila and in Cavite, educating students from elementary school to graduate school. 


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Top Courses FEU Is Known For

FEU offers 24 undergraduate courses for its student base. For those pursuing a medical profession, the school is a high tier option and it has seven undergraduate degrees that have produced a long list of topnotchers in when it comes to taking the PRC board examinations. These courses consist of Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Technology, and Nutrition and Dietetics. 


Apart from this, the Accountancy and Entrepreneurial Management courses are also a top choice for students.

How to Apply to FEU

If you’re keen on sporting the green and gold, freshmen can apply to FEU through the process below. Typically qualified applicants must pass the FEU College Admissions Test, but for SY 2022 - 2023, applicants will be assessed by their academic performance in Grades 11 and 12. 

  1. Register online and make an account at this portal
  2. After activating your account, complete the admissions form.
  3. Upload the following documents:
  1. Grade 11 report card
  2. Recently issued Grade 12 report card
  3. Certificate of good moral character (optional)
  4. Photocopy of PSA birth certificate
  1. Wait for an Admissions Control Number to be sent to your registered email.
  2. Pay an admissions application fee of P500 and send proof of payment to
  3. Wait for the application results to be sent to you via your registered email address.


How Much Tuition and Other Fees Cost at FEU

For local first year students looking to enroll at FEU, basic tuition fees range from P30,000 to P41,535 per semester, depending on your course. This range is sans the other fees that come with the course. But don’t fret, because there are payment schemes that allow students to pay in two installments, with a downpayment of P9,000 and half the entire semester’s tuition to be settled on the 45th and 75th day after the first day of school. There’s also a 5 percent discount for students who pay in cash and have paid at least 95 percent of the total fees within 10 days from the start of class. Check out the breakdown per course here

There are also various scholarship grants and financial aid programs given to freshmen students. These funds are given to scholars according to merit, needs-based, or service and include the Entrance Scholarship awarded to top exam takers who have a high school GPA of at least 88 and the Long-Term Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) granted to those whose family income does not reach P100,000 per year.


Famous Alumni From FEU

What began as a school for accounting and business, FEU was sure to produce some of the country’s top businessmen, who didn’t necessarily come from a business course. This exhaustive list include San Miguel Corp. president Ramon Ang, Henry Sy Sr., Lucio Tan, and Alfonso Yuchengco, among many other great men. Former president Cory Aquino also chose to study Philippine law at the university. In the arts, fellow writers and National Artists for Literature F. Sionil Jose and Alejandro Roces also studied at FEU. 


When it comes to notable names in showbiz, this list extends to stars such as Jessy Mendiola (Mass Communication), Vice Ganda (Political Science), Fifth Solomon (Mass Communication), and Rachel Ann Daquis (Management).


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