Gov't to waive tuition fees for private school students on low income
Friday 23rd October, 07:00 AM JST
The education ministry decided Thursday to pursue ways to make private high schools tuition-free for students from low income households in addition to those at public schools under the new government’s key policy, government sources said. The ministry will ask the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry to use taxes allocated to local governments in order to help fund the tuition-free program that would apply to households with an annual income of up to 3.5 million yen.
Education ministry data show that municipal governments across Japan spend roughly 32 billion yen in expenses related to public high school tuition fees, including those needed for tuition exemptions and for covering fees in arrears. The ministry is seeking to use 24.9 billion yen out of the 32 billion yen after the aid package for high school students is put in place in the next fiscal year.