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Govt outlines higher education assistance program

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government has said it will provide financial assistance to households with children attending universities or other higher educational institutes if their annual income is less than ¥3.8 million.

Starting in April 2020, households with an annual income of less than ¥2.7 million that are exempt from local resident taxes will be eligible for tuition fee relief and expanded grant-type scholarships.

Smaller amounts of financial assistance will be provided to households with an annual income of between ¥2.7 million and less than ¥3.8 million.

The aid program is part of efforts by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to promote human resources development in Japan.

For preschool education, fees on kindergartens and nurseries that meet national standards will be free for children aged 3 to 5 and those aged up to 2 from households exempted from resident taxes.

For other types of nurseries, monthly subsidies of up to ¥37,000 will be provided to children aged 3 to 5, and those aged up to 2 will be eligible for up to ¥42,000 in monthly subsidies.

The government said it aims to put the free preschool education program fully in place in October 2019. It also will beef up subsidies for educational training to promote recurrent education, or lifelong learning.Speech

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