I went to the University of the Philippines for my undergraduate degree in Economics and Management. I went there when the tuition was not yet adjusted by leaps and bound. But I have experienced, first hand, how some of my classmates would budget their allowance tightly in order to meet both ends until the next allowance from their parents come.
Some even adjust their meal frequency from three times to twice daily. Yes, it came a time that that happen. The recent Letter to the Editor of Inquirer from a UP professor who told a story of a UP freshman in Diliman campus majoring in Chemistry, who has to dropped out after 5 days of schooling due to financial difficulty.