The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has tied-up with STI, a leading provider of ICT and ICT-enhanced education in the country, to make schooling more affordable for GSIS members, their dependents, and pensioners. With the partnership in place, dependents within the 6th civil degree of affinity and/or consanguinity of any GSIS member or pensioner, who are incoming freshmen this school-year, will enjoy a 20 % scholarship grant in tuition and laboratory fees if they enroll in any STI campus nationwide. GSIS members can avail of the same benefit. To avail of the partial scholarship grant, GSIS members or pensioners and their qualified dependents need to present to STI the GSIS eCard Plus, subject to verification.
The eCard Plus, a pioneer service introduced by the GSIS, is a multi-purpose utility card issued to all of its members and pensioners to improve the facilitation of loans, pension, and claims proceeds. The card serves as an identification, ATM, debit, and discount card. It also serves as a savings account at Union Bank, among others. GSIS members and qualified dependents can continue to benefit from the 20 % scholarship grant in the succeeding semesters until they have graduated from their chosen field, provided that they continue to meet the required standards and qualifications of the STI Scholarship Guidelines. STI scholars are required to maintain a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 2.25 or its equivalent of 83 % to 85 % with no grades lower than 2.5. In addition, scholars should not obtain a failing grade or absence without official leave (AWOL) in any subject; must not be dismissed, warned or held on probation due to scholastic delinquency; should not have any disciplinary offense, and must take a full load course for each semester as prescribed in the STI curriculum, excluding the National Service Training Program. STI has a network of more than 100 campuses nationwide with academic programs in ICT, Business and Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Engineering and Healthcare.