Komeito’s working group on the scholarship grant system for low-income university students has decided on a basic plan to provide a monthly stipend of 50,000 yen, while the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is considering a monthly stipend of 30,000 yen. The two parties will engage in discussions from now. The government is aiming at starting the scholarship grant system from FY17.
Komeito’s proposal is to provide stipends to certain households exempted from the residential tax, households receiving welfare benefits, and students who grew up in orphanages. Recipients need to have an average grade of at least 3.5 on a scale of 5 in high school.
The basic monthly stipend will be 50,000 yen but will vary depending on whether the recipient is studying at a national, public, or private university, whether he/she is commuting from home, and so forth. The maximum stipend for a student studying in a private university and boarding will be more than 50,000 yen.
On the other hand, the LDP proposes to pay out stipends to all students from households exempted from the residential tax but wants to limit monthly stipends to around 30,000 yen.