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Diet OK’s education expense aid bill for low-income households

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Diet enacted on Friday a bill aiming at providing financial assistance for low-income households to ease the burden of expenses on higher education.

The bill, which centers on reducing tuition and entrance fees and expands the application of grant-type scholarships, will come into effect in April 2020.

It was approved by a majority vote chiefly by lawmakers of the ruling coalition at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors. The bill cleared the House of Representatives in mid-April.

The upper limit of the discount will be about ¥280,000 for entrance fees and about ¥540,000 for annual tuition fees for students at public universities. For private university students, up to about ¥260,000 will be cut from entrance fees, and about ¥700,000 will be discounted from tuition fees.

On scholarships for public university students, up to about ¥350,000 will be granted for those attending schools while living with their parents, and about ¥800,000 will be provided for those living in other locations.

At private universities, students commuting from their parents’ homes will be granted scholarships of up to about ¥460,000, while those not living with their parents will receive about ¥910,000.

The students covered by the program will be those from households exempt from residence tax, or with annual incomes of less than ¥2.7 million.

Households with incomes of about ¥2.7 million to less than ¥3.8 million will also be supported. The amount will be decided according to income levels within the range.

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