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Enrollment/Tuition Fee Exemption at Osaka University from the 2020-21 Academic Year

Beginning in April 2020, the Financial Support Program for Japanese and Permanent Resident Undergraduates (hereinafter the “New Program,” which was established according to the Act on Financial Support in Higher Education) will be introduced and applied to undergraduate students who are eligible for this support.

The New Program will be managed by coupling grant-type scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) with enrollment/tuition fee reduction/exemption from Osaka University, providing financial support to students who meet both financial and academic criteria.

With the introduction of the New Program, Osaka University has created a new policy on student financial support from the new academic year as noted below.

Students hoping to receive enrollment/tuition fee exemption need to complete application procedures. Peruse the Application Guidelines (to be posted by February 29, 2020) and perform the necessary procedures by the specified deadline.

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1. Undergraduate students

1.1 Japanese students (including special permanent residents and permanent residents)

As a rule, Osaka University will financially support Japanese undergraduate students via the New Program. Eligible students are requested to complete the appropriate procedures.

The University will financially support Japanese undergraduate students through the New Program, while it will continuously allow students who meet the application requirements to apply for its conventional enrollment/tuition exemption program by using a portion of its funds within the limits of its budget via screening of eligible candidates.

This additional support permits, for example, students who do not meet the financial requirements of the New Program and those who enroll the University more than two years after graduating from senior high school to apply for the conventional enrollment/tuition fee exemption program.

1.2 International students studying abroad

Since the New Program is not intended for international students, Osaka University allows international students who meet the requirements set by the University to apply for the conventional enrollment/tuition fee exemption program, providing financial support by using a portion of the university’s funds within the limits of its budget via screening of eligible candidates.

In this way, the University will complement the New Program in order to financially support motivated students in economically difficult situations.

2. Graduate students

Since the New Program is also not intended for graduate students, Osaka University will continue to maintain its conventional enrollment/tuition fee exemption program for those who meet the requirements set by the University.

However, this will be performed within the limits of its budget, although Osaka University strives to increase budget for enrollment/tuition fee exemption by adding its funds to those from the government.

3. Future policy

Osaka University has continuously examined methods for providing varied and sustainable financial support to motivated individuals in economically difficult situations and outstanding students through granting enrollment fee/tuition fee exemption and scholarships. However, the aforementioned policy is provisional. Please note that future discussions about strategic issues may require a shift in the university’s strategy.

Osaka University
February 12, 2020

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