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More students are now drawing tuition assistance

Date Posted: 2006-07-22

A total of 3,809 high school students are drawing tuition assistance this year from the Okinawa Prefecture government.

The government says 7.7% of students in the prefecture qualified for the aid, the highest number in history. “It’s because of recently single mothers increasing, and their not being able to take care of children alone.” The tuition assistance covers either 50% of the monthly cost, or in extreme cases, all of it.

Public high school costs ¥9,600 a month, while private schools cost more than ¥50,000 a month. “Fathers should support the children and ex-families,” says a government official, “but most often don’t.” More than 5,330 applied for the tuition assistance this year.

A government official says the tuition assistance approval rate in some communities exceeded 15%, while in others it was only 2%. He did not identify which areas were highest or lowest.

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