Prefecture to introduce means tested tuition fee scheme

The Osaka Prefectural Government in Japan will introduce a system to reduce tuition fees at its prefectural and city-run universities from the start of the academic year in 2020 as part of a means tested programme, reports Mainichi Japan.

Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University will be the first facilities to fall under the scheme, while students who are in the fourth and fifth grades at Osaka Prefecture University College of Technology are expected to benefit next from the policy.

Under the prefectural government's plans, households that earn less than JPY9.1 million (US$84,000) a year will be subject to discounted tuition fees in accordance with the amount they make. The prefectural government will make tuition at these institutions free for households earning less than JPY5.9 million a year. The scheme is very similar to an existing framework in place at private high schools in the area, in which households making less than JPY9.1 million a year can have their financial burden reduced based on their income.
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