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The Support System for Higher Education will be Expanded

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Starting April 2020, a system will be established to give every person the opportunity to go on to university(daigaku), junior college(tanki daigaku),higher technical college(koutou senmon gakkou), or technical college(senmon gakkou) regardless of the economic situation of their family.

Supported School Types

universities, junior colleges,higher technical colleges and technical colleges

Details of Support

  1. Tuition fee exemption system (entrance fee and tuition)
  2.   (The amount varies depending on the type of school, and whether it’s public or private.)
  3. Expanded payment of scholarships
  • The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) provides each student with financial support
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  • Will cover necessary student living expenses

  • (The amount of money differs between students living at home and outside)

Eligibility

Students in resident tax-exempted households and similar households
(Applicable to students in school in 2020 (including those who had already started their studies))

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About the Procedures on Scholastic Support

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~Submission of “My Number” will be required from April, 2019~

To apply for the following, submission of “My Number” will be required: “High School Tuition Support Fund (Koutougakko-tou Shugaku Shienkin)”, “Supplemental Scholarship Fund (Shougaku no tameno Kyufukin)”, and "Enrollment Incentive for Students of Schools for Special Needs(Tokubetsu shiengakko no jidouseito ni taisuru Shugaku Shourei-hi)”.

◆ High School Tuition Support Fund

  • A grant-type system where the state supports high school tuition fees, etc.
  • Intended for standard households with an annual income of less than 9.1 million yen
    (The sum of the prefectural and the municipal tax (per income basis) is less than 507,000 yen)
  • Apply at the school where you are to be enrolled.
  • The tuition support fund will be received by the school and will not be paid to the parents or guardians. (In the case of private schools, handling of the fund may differ depending on the school).
☛Regarding High School Tuition Support Fund (Multilingual)
                  

◆ Supplemental Scholarship Fund (Supplemental Scholarship Grant for High School Students)

  • A system that supports educational expenses other than high school tuition fees (repayment not required).
  • All households exempt from paying prefectural and municipal tax (per income basis) are eligible for application.
  • Parents or guardians should apply in the prefecture where they reside (Those enrolled in schools in Shiga Prefecture should apply at their school).
  • As a general rule, the parents or guardians will receive the grant (In the case of private schools, handling of the fund may differ depending on the school).
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Info: Regarding High School Tuition Support Fund・Supplemental Scholarship Grant for High School Students
(Public schools) Shiga Pref. Board of Education High School Education Division ℡ 077-528-4587
(Private schools) Shiga Pref. Department of Genenral Affairs Private School・University Promotion Division    ℡ 077-528-3271

◆ Enrollment Incentive for Students of Schools for Special Needs

  • A system that provides part or all of the expenses necessary for enrollment to a special needs education school in accordance to the income status of the household.
  • Parents or guardians of students in special needs education school are eligible to receive this benefit.
  • Apply at the school where one will enroll.
  • In general, parents or guardians will receive the school enrollment financial incentive.
Info: Educational Bureau of Shiga Pref. Board of Education Special Needs Education Division  ℡ 077-528-4641
*The telephone numbers listed here corresponds only to Japanese language.

What is “My Number” (Individual Number) ?

  • ”My Number” is a 12-digit number designated to each and every registered resident in Japan.
  • Individual number (“My Number”) may be confirmed in your “My Number” Card, “My Number” Notification Card and in the Certificate of Items Stated in Resident Register.
  • Please consult with your local municipal office in case you lost your “My Number” Card or your “My Number” Notification Card.
☛For more info. regarding “My Number” (multilingual)

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Learning / Playing Groups for Children

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Name of Group: Japanese Language Class for Children (Kodomo no tame no Nihongo kyoshitsu)
    Details: Supports learning, pre-school children, leisure activities (from 4 y.o. to 6th grade in elem. school)
    Venue: Nagahama City, International Cultural Friendship House “GEO”
    Date / Time: Saturday 15:00-16:00
    Inquiries: Nagahama International Friendship Association (NIFA)
           ℡: 0749-63-4400
           nifa_info@ybb.ne.jp
Name of Group: Hikone UNESCO Association (Japanese Language Class for Children)
    Details: Learning support, Japanese language learning
    Venue: University Satellite Plaza Hikone (Al Plaza Hikone 6th flr.)
    Date / Time: Sunday 10:00-16:00
    Inquiries: Hikone UNESCO Association
           ℡:0749-24-7974
Name of Group: World Amigo Club
    Details: Learning support, Japanese language training, providing a place where children can stay
    Venue: Omihachiman City, Kaneda Community Center
    Date / Time: Saturday 10:00-12:00 summer vacation (4x), winter vacation (once)
    Inquiries: ℡:080-3834-8095
           world.amigo.club@gmail.com
Name of Group: Kan-chan no chiisana ie (“Kan-chan’s little home” )
    Details: Consultations about learning, learning support
    Venue: Omihachiman City, Kan-chan no chiisana ie
    Date / Time: Upon request
    Inquiries: ℡:090-3708-3315
           srmq61299@nike.eonet.ne.jp
Name of Group: Higashiomi Amigo Kyoshitsu
    Details: Japanese language learning, learning support, Japanese culture
    Venue: Higashiomi City, Heart-pia Yokaichi
    Date / Time: Saturday 14:00-16:00
    Inquiries: School Support Regional Headquarters (Lifelong Learning Division, Higashiomi City Board of Education)
           ℡: 0748-24-5672
Name of Group: Classes on South American Languages Camino Kyoshitsu Caminho Kyoshitsu
    Details:
    Native language classes:
    1. Spanish
    2. Portuguese
    Venue: Konan City, Mito Machizukuri Center
    Date / Time:
    1.Saturday 10:30-12:00
    2.Saturday 9:30-11:30、11:30-13:00
    Inquiries: Konan International Association
           ℡: 0748-71-4332
Name of Group: Camiyando
    Details: Japanese language learning, learning support
    Venue: Konan City, ERUDI
    Date / Time: Monday / Wednesday 19:00-21:00
    Inquiries: ℡:090-1338-3350 (Mr. Kise)
Name of Group: Club for Children “Tampopo”
    Details: Learning support for jr. & sr. high school, native language (Portuguese) training (mainly for elementary school students)
    Venue: Kusatsu City, Jinken Center
    Date / Time: Wednesday 17:00-19:00
    Inquiries: tampopo@digibo.tv
Name of Group: Hiyori-terakoya Otsu
    Details: Learning support, measures to be taken in passing an entrance examination
    Venue: Otsu City, Seta Community Center (2nd floor)
    Date / Time: Saturday 10:00-12:00
    Inquiries: hiyori_o2@yahoo.co.jp

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Educational Funds

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Are the educational funds ready for your children’s enrollment? If educational funds are insufficient, aside from bank loans, you can borrow money using the following system.
(Generally includes permanent residents, spouse or child of Japanese, spouse or child of permanent residents, long-term residents)
▲When availing of loans and scholarships, make a payment plan that will not be a burden on you!
 

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Scholarships

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Although recruitment of scholars in each university is commonly held after admission in April or May, some universities recruit for reservation scholarships before admission. Therefore, you should collect information on scholarships as soon as you have decided on which school you want to study.
Scholarships are broadly divided into (1) scholarships from JASSO, (2) scholarships from university, (3) scholarships from private companies, foundations, etc., and (4) scholarships grant funded by the local government. Eligibility requirements vary, but the economic situation of the household, academic ability and fields of study are often checked. There are two types of scholarships: [grants] that do not require repayment, and [loans] that do. Some scholarships also cannot be received simultaneously with others. For more information contact the department in charge of the school or visit the school’s homepage.
*There may be restrictions based on the status of residence.

JASSO

[Eligible Recipients] Students enrolled in graduate schools, universities, junior colleges, higher technical colleges and technical college
At the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), aside from “loan-based” scholarships (with interest and without interest), there are also “grant-type” scholarships for outstanding students who are in an economically difficult situation.
[Contact Address・Reference] JASSO
*Grants and loans

Local Government Scholarship Fund

[Eligible Recipients] Varies
[Contact Address・Reference] Municipal offices (Some local governments do not have scholarships.)
*Grants and loans

Newspaper Scholarship Grant

[Eligible Recipients] Students who deliver newspapers
[Contact Address・Reference] Each newspaper company
*Grants and loans

Scholarship Grant for Traffic Accident Orphans

[Eligible Recipients] Traffic accident orphans, and students with parents with significant disabilities
[Contact Address・Reference] Scholarship Grant for Traffic Accident Orphans
*Grants

Benefit Associations for Japanese Public Servants in Education

Eligible Recipients] Students enrolled in graduate school, university, higher technical college and technical college
[Contact Address・Reference] Shiga Branch    TEL: 077-526-1356 
*Grants and loans 

Tsuboi Ichiro/Jinko Student Support Program

[Eligible Recipients] University students (3rd year or higher) and graduate students (including those who are planning to enroll) , Children of refugees, permanent residents of Japanese descent and Chinese returnees
[Contact Address・Reference] Support 21  TEL:03-5449-1331
*Grants

PP Scholarship

[Eligible Recipients] Japanese citizens, permanent residents, and special permanent residents
[Contact Address・Reference] Support 21  TEL:03-5449-1331
*Grants

Biwako Scholarship

[Eligible Recipients] International students within Shiga prefecture
[Contact Address・Reference] Shiga Intercultural Association for Globalization TEL:077-526-0931
*Grants  

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The Educational Funding System and Educational Loans

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*There may be restrictions based on the status of residence. Always confirm the interest rate, repayment period and other details before taking a loan.

Social Welfare Office Funds (Educational Support Fund) (loan)

[Eligible Recipients] Low-income households
[Contact Address・Reference] Shiga Prefectural Social Welfare Council   TEL:077-567-3903
*Interest-free

Enrollment preparation loans from the Welfare Fund for single-parent household and widows

[Eligible Recipients] Single parent households
[Contact Address・Reference]
Shiga Prefecture Health Care and Welfare Department, Children and Youth Bureau TEL:077-528-3554
Residents of Otsu City, Otsu City Children’s Family Division  TEL:077-528-2686
*Interest-free

Government school loan, public school funds

[Contact Address・Reference] Japan Finance Corporation
Education call center TEL:0570-008656
*With interest

Bank school loans

[Contact Address・Reference] Each bank (interest rates vary depending on the bank)
*With interest

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Enrollment Allowance

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Japan Finance Corporation (Nihon seisaku kinyuu kouko)
    (The length of study is generally 6 months or longer, educational facility for junior high school graduates or above).
  • Payment period: whenever necessary
  • Interest: with interest
  • For Inquiries: National Education Loan ℡ 0570-008656
  • Japan Finance Corporation (Nihon seisaku kinyuu kouko)
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) (Nihon gakusei shien kikou)
Special increase in student loan during admission.
    Increasing the student loan in the form of a lump sum on the month of admission. For those who applied to the “National Education Loan” but were unable to avail of it. (university, junior college, vocational school)
  • Payment period: after enrollment
  • Interest: with interest
  • For Inquiries: The senior high school where one is enrolled at, the school where one graduated from.
  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Special increase in student loan during admission
Labor Bank or Worker’s Credit Union (roudou kinko or roukin)
Loan system for the required fund during admission.
    A loan given until JASSO’S “Special increase in student loan during admission” is granted to the scholarship candidate.
  • Payment period: before enrollment
  • Interest: with interest
  • For Inquiries:  Kinki Labor Bank (Kinki Roukin) ℡ 0120-191-968
  • Labor Bank or Worker’s Credit Union
Prefecture, Social Welfare Council of Municipalities, Living Welfare Fund, School Entrance Preparation Expenses
Prefecture, (Otsu City residents should apply in Otsu City.)
Fatherless Family, Motherless Family, Widow’s Welfare Fund Loan

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Certified childcare center

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Facilities that combine the functions of a certified childcare center, kindergarten and nursery school, divided into 3 categories, and application may differ for each.
  1. For children 3 years or older, who want to study until noon → apply directly to the school.
  2. For children 3 years or older, who wish to have additional hours of childcare until evening, aside from the hours of learning → apply at your municipal office.
  3. For childcare of children 0 to 3 years of age → apply at your municipal office.
*Starting October, 2019, the cost of kindergarten, nursery and certified childcare center for all children from 3 to 5 years of age will be free of charge. Residence tax-exempted households with children from 0 to 2 years of age will be free of charge (there is an upper limit for unauthorized facilities).

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Kindergartens and Day Nursery Schools

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Kindergartens are educational facilities for children from the age of three years to primary school age. Parents can choose a one-, two- or three-year program. Tuition fees are required for both public and private kindergartens
For information on entrance procedures, please contact
  • Public kindergartens : Local municipal board of education.
  • Private kindergartens : The office of the private kindergarten
Day nursery schools take care of children from birth up to primary school age if, for example, both parents work during the day. The tuition fee for public nursery schools is set according to the age of the child and the income of the parents or guardians.
For information on entrance procedures, please contact
The Juvenile Welfare Section of the local municipal office.

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Educational System

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The Japanese educational system basically comprises six years of primary school, three years of junior high school, and three years of high school, and two years of junior college or four years of university.

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Primary Schools and Junior High Schools

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Children of foreign nationals having a domicile in Japan are not obligated to enter Japanese primary schools and junior high schools. However, you can enroll your child/children in Japanese schools if you wish. Public schools require no tuition fees, apart from expenses for teaching aids and the like.
For information on entrance procedures, please contact
  • Public schools : Local municipal board of education
  • Private schools : The office of the private school

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Careers after junior high school

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Academic/ career guidance -What are your plans after junior high school? (PDF)

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High Schools

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Students who wish to study at a Japanese high school must pass an entrance examination.
Eligibility
Those who are 15 years of age as of April 1 of the year of entrance.
Those who, in principle, have completed nine years of education abroad, or who have graduated or are due to graduate from a Japanese junior high school.
For information on entrance procedures, please contact:
School Education Division of the Shiga Board of Education Telephone : 077- 528-4573

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Universities and Colleges

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Students who wish to study at a Japanese university or college must pass an entrance examination. The entrance examinations for national, prefectural and municipal universities include tests by the University Entrance Examination Center and tests conducted by the individual universities. Most private universities and colleges conduct their own entrance examinations.

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Comprehensive Guide to Studying in Japan

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes the information on the following website.

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Higher Education

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After graduating from high school, there are various ways to access higher education, such as four-year universities, two- or three-year colleges, and technical colleges. There are national, public and private educational institutions, and there are many options for specialized courses. Transfer to a university from a junior college or higher technical colleges and cross- enrollment in a college or junior college while taking classes in a university or college are also possible.
Admission to university generally requires the completion of Japanese high school, or of a 12-year school education course at a designated school for foreigners equivalent to high school in Japan. In addition, the following methods are available for those who have graduated from a school abroad or who have not completed a 12-year education course. For details, please check the homepage of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
  1. Pass the certification exam for high school graduates.
    the certification exam for high school graduates
  2. For those coming from countries with over 12 years of primary and secondary education: have received over 12 years of primary and secondary education from foreign schools, or pass the corresponding academic qualification exam.
  3. 3. For those from countries with less than 12 years of primary and secondary education: have completed a school course corresponding to a high school in a foreign country; or possess academic achievements equivalent to high school completion and complete a preparatory education program or a training course designated by the MEXT.
    academic achievements equivalent to high school completion and complete a preparatory education program by the MEXT
    a training course by the MEXT
  4. ★In addition, the number of years of primary and secondary education does not matter for the following persons: persons with international baccalaureates or with Abitur qualifications, persons who passed the entrance qualification screening conducted by each university and who are 18 years old or older.
The tuition for higher education varies depending on the institution and the field of study. Rent and living expenses must also be considered in the case of schools that are far from home. Gather information on scholarship to avoid hesitation due to financial reasons.