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Free tuition fee at public high schools / High school enrollment support fund system

“Act on free tuition fee at public high schools and high school enrollment support fund” was passed on March 31 and was enacted on April 1, 2010. The Act makes tuition free at public high schools and establishes the High school enrollment support fund system for tuition payment for private high school students etc. The purposes of the Act are to ease family educational expenses and to contribute to equal opportunity in upper secondary education.

Tuition fees are not charged in principle at public high schools. The national government transfers funds which cover the cost for this policy to prefectures and municipalities.

Students at private high schools etc. are provided funds for tuition payment (the amount of the fund is increased for students from low-income families). Students must be certified their eligibility by the prefectural governor. Schools in which certified students enroll receive the funds on their behalf and apply it to their tuition.

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(Office for Financial Support in Upper Secondary Education, Financial Affairs Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau)

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