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April 05, 2004

Third Level Education Bill - ¥2 Million a Year

The average cost for a year in higher education in Japan is about ¥2 million. According to an education ministry survey carried out in November 2002, the average college student pays about ¥1.16 million in tuition and ¥860,000 in living expenses. The figures reflecting a increase in tuition fees of about ¥40,000 from a 2000 survey, offset by an ¥80,000 decrease in living expenses. The nearly 10 percent drop in expenses marked a new record for the survey since the government began polling college students in 1968. The cost of attending a private university averages about ¥2.15 million, considerably higher than the ¥1.6 million needed to go to a state-run school. But students at national institutions tend to spend about ¥135,000 more on living expenses.

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