Frequently Asked Questions

OLFU offers Basic Education (pre-school, grade school, and junior high school),
Senior High School, Certificate-Diploma Programs, Baccalaureate Degree
Programs, Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School programs.

Click here for the full list of program offerings: https://bit.ly/OLFUProgramOfferings

OLFU employs the Fatima Learning Experience or the FLEX. With FLEX, the 1st Semester will begin in August 2020 with purely online and distance learning modalities. This is because the government has mandated that on-campus classes may only commence no earlier than September.

Hence, FLEX will involve a mix of online, distance and when conditions permit, on-campus learning.

Online sessions are always synchronous (altogether at one time) and may involve lectures (video conferencing or pre-taped), discussions, readings & reflections, and assessment tasks
like quizzes & exams.

On the other hand, Distance Learning is asynchronous (done on one’s own while at home) and self-directed, but still towards an end-goal or timeline set by the teacher. It can be online when a student reads modules on Canvas, or conducts research on the internet, or goes into reference
resource hubs managed by the Learning Resource Center.

When offline, Distance Learning can be about reading downloaded reading materials, writing papers, memorization, reflection on specific subject matter, or completing performance tasks such as projects, papers, essays, simple experiments, and the like.

When health and safety conditions permit, OLFU will reintroduce on-campus learning where face-to-face interaction between teacher and students can take place. You can be sure that even before the 1st Semester of SY 2020-2021 begins, each OLFU Campus would already have been prepared according to its Community Safety Policy which covers all entities who enter the Campus— students, teachers, employees, parents/ guardians, visitors, and academic and industry partners. Facilities will have signages and marking installed reminding of hygiene and social distancing protocols.

And the University’s Health and Wellness Center would have had its guidelines in place for the continued safety of the Fatima Community.

Yes, OLFU’s FLEX will adjust to the call of the times. But whatever that may be, OLFU is sure to navigate its learners through the waters— fluidly and safely.

Refer to the following links for the complete guide on how to Apply and Enroll Online!

Enrollment Procedure for the Basic Education Department:
https://bit.ly/NewBEDProcedure

Enrollment Procedure for Incoming Senior High School and College:
https://bit.ly/NEWIncomingCollegeandSHS

Enrollment Procedure for Incoming Medicine Students (local students) :
https://bit.ly/NEWMedicineLocalStudents

You can also visit: http://www.fatima.edu.ph/study/admissions/

OLFU TOTAL ASSESSMENT FEES:

Here are the available scholarship programs offered and honored by the University :

A. Free Scholarship Exam for all SHS graduates – Optional; regardless of SHS grades; qualified students will receive a 5% to 100% discount.

B. Alumni Discount – Php2,000 discount for all OLFU graduates.

C. OLFU Freshmen’s Scholarships based on GWA –10% to 100% tuition coverage for GWA of 88% and up. First come, first served.

D. Foundation Scholarships – Full coverage of tuition and miscellaneous fees for qualified grantees.

E. Government/ Non-Government/ Corporate Scholarships – Courtesy of CHEd, DOST, PNP, City Government, BFP children and more.

F. Athletic Sports Program – Qualify for the Fatima Phoenix teams and enjoy a host of benefits.

G. Discount for BS Criminology Students- 15% discount for the 1st semester of freshmen BS Criminology students whose parents work for PNP, BFP, and BJMP.

H. Continuing Academic Scholarship (Dean’s Lister) – Qualified candidates may receive full or partial coverage.

I. Sibling Discounts – To avail of discounts, siblings must be enrolled for the same semester : 10% discount (2nd sibling); 15% discount (3rd sibling); 20% discount (4th sibling); FREE tuition (5th sibling).

IMPORTANT : 
Scholarships have limited slots, and some are at a first-come, first-served basis to qualified candidates. Some scholarship programs will vary from campus to campus. For more details on available scholarships, contact the Admissions Team of your desired campus.

Click here for the contact details :
https://bit.ly/OLFUContactDetails

Fully-paid students, and those who will settle their pending balance for SY 2019-2020 upon enrolment to SOST will have a Php1,000 tuition fee credit which can cover the down payment for SOST; hence, there will be no initial cash-out to enrol.

Students who do not enrol to SOST and are fully-paid students from the previous semester can likewise enjoy the Php1,000 tuition fee credit and apply it towards enrolment to the 1st Semester for SY 2020-2021.

For Alumni Discount, a discount worth P2,000.00 (one-time deduction) is given to our Alumni.

Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES)

OLFU is one of the select partner institutions of the Commission on Higher Education Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) in implementing the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES), a provision of Republic Act 10931, also known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

School fees can now be paid online! It is more convenient and safer. Refer to this
link for the complete guide on OLFU’s Payment Methods:
https://bit.ly/OLFUPaymentOptions

For the College of Medicine, here’s the payment instructions:
https://bit.ly/MedicinePaymentOptions

Online and On-site Learning Resources

• OLFU’s Learning Management System (LMS) known as Canvas will be used to implement Online Learning. Course modules will be housed here, as well as quizzes, exams and other assessment tasks.

• The University subscribes to ScienceDirect and other online resources. Further, the Learning Resource Center has online services that help source out online references that can help learners in their studies.

• The University endeavors to expose its learners to education at par with the world’s best. Thus, it has partnered with a globally-renowned knowledge provider of online laboratory modules.

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES

The Center for Guidance Services will continue to cater to the psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of OLFU students through its online services such as consultations, counseling, orientations, information services, focus group discussion, chat programs, career placement, and more. Now that the quarantine has forced people to stay apart in order to stay safe, the need to bridge that divide has become keener. Specially that everything is online now, there is a greater mandate to reach out to those who are in need of guidance and let them know that they have a warm hand to hold.

Our Lady of Fatima University abides by the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and other local health agencies to help ensure that the members of its academic community are consistently and constantly immersed in a safe and healthy learning environment while on campus. These guidelines provide steps geared towards preventing the transmission of COVID-19 amongst students.

1.Entry into the Campus

1.1. Any individual who wishes to gain entry to an OLFU Campus must wear a face mask/cloth mask at all times before entering, during one’s stay at, and upon exiting from campus premises. Should mask cloths or washable masks be worn, an additional filter such as tissue paper shall be placed inside the mask. This rule includes but is not limited to students, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, vendors, and visitors.

1.2. All must submit themselves to temperature screening to be done by the security guards at every main gate and building entrance. In the instance that the thermal reading is >37.5 a designated protocol will be followed.

1.3. All must step onto improvised foot baths (if any) which are to be positioned
at all main gates.

2. Basic Hygiene Kit

All students and employees are required to bring their personal hygiene kits containing but not limited to the following: 70%-proof rubbing alcohol/ hand sanitizer, and tissue paper.

3. On Social Distancing:

3.1. An individual will ensure that there is always at least a one (1) meter distance between him/her and other people in the same area. Further, all will abide by markers installed in various facilities indicating how individuals shall conduct themselves while on-campus.

3.2. Building Entrances: Queue up on markers when going through security check.

3.3. Chairs: Occupy only seats that have gray tape markers found on the floor or on the seats. In the absence of markers, the general rule is to occupy every other seat.

3.4. Elevators: The maximum capacity will be four (4) persons, including the elevator operator. One corner will be occupied by the elevator operator (P1); the three other corners will be taken by P2, P3 and P4. Further, elevators will only be used for going up to and going down from the 4th floor and higher floors. Designated stairways will be used for ascending from the Ground Floor to the 3rd Floor, and for descending from these said floors. As an exception, individuals identified as senior citizens and PWDs may utilize the elevator system as needed.

3.5. Foot Traffic in Buildings: For buildings with two (2) staircases, the main staircase will be for going up, while the service/auxiliary stairway will be for going down. When using the staircase, it is advised to avoid touching the railings.

For buildings with only one (1) staircase, proper physical distancing will be observed. All those going up and down from the staircase shall observe the “Keep right” policy.

To regulate foot traffic and physical distancing in classrooms and corridors, everyone will abide by the one-way markings for entrances and exits.

Loitering in and around the campus is discouraged.

3.6. A student is advised to adhere to his/her class schedule, and strongly encouraged to regulate physical presence on campus according to that schedule.

3.7. The University shall assign a safety monitor officer to oversee the preventive and control measures such as proper physical distancing, wearing of masks, regular disinfection, flow of foot traffic, thermal scanning at entrances, and maintenance of provided sanitizers/alcohol for employees and students.

3.8. A 10-minute grace period for tardiness will be given as consideration, owing to the imposition of physical distancing that could result to long queues.

4. On Hydration and Nourishment:

With health safety as top-of-mind, everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own food and water. The drinking fountain will not be operational for health safety purposes.

5. Others:

Everyone is expected to abide by posted reminders across facilities; reminding people of social distancing, hygiene measures and other protocols that may be unique to specific areas in the campus, as well as encompassing of common areas.

6. On University Facility

A building may implement additional guidelines that are unique to its own.

Library

The influx of students/teachers into the library will be managed and regulated by the Learning Resource Center staff to observe proper physical distancing. A maximum limit of visitors at a single instance will be maintained. Each student or teacher visiting the library will be allotted a maximum of two (2) hours per day to undertake research or readings. Visitors will fall in line outside the library to wait their turn.

Restrooms

For restrooms, limited users at a time will be allowed. Those next-in-line will wait their turn outside the restroom, and queue up according to the markings installed. There should always be sufficient supply of water and antibacterial soap in the restrooms.

Students are highly encouraged to practice frequent handwashing. Housekeeping staff will disinfect the vending machines for hygiene products every hour.

Classrooms

Use of gray-colored tape or stickers will be used to illustrate traffic flow. Students will occupy chairs that bear the appropriate markings. Students and teachers will wipe down their chairs and tables before and after use; hence, the advice to bring their own alcohol and paper towels/tissue paper. The students must properly dispose in designated trash bins any single-use items utilized in disinfection.

Teachers will likewise follow markings where they should position themselves during class. They must bring their personal chalk box containing chalk/whiteboard marker and a board eraser. And at the end of each class period, teachers must erase the board.

Student Lounge

Student interactions at student lounges and other common areas will be regulated to avoid intermingling. Students are advised to leave school premises after dismissal.

School Cafeteria/ Canteen

The canteen will serve pre-packed food, ready-to-eat sandwiches, and bottled water only. Drinking fountains will not be operational in the interest of health safety; hence, the advice to bring one’s own water. Students must observe proper physical distancing and must occupy seats and tables that bear appropriate markings. Due diligence in handwashing and disinfection, before and after a meal, is also a must. Students are expected to properly dispose of garbage.