Emergency Cash Grants to Students for Continuing Studies by MEXT

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has established a program to provide emergency cash grants to students for continuing their studies.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting decrease in household income and part-time job income, the economic impact on students has been great. The program aims to provide cash so that students who have difficulty will not have to give up their studies at universities, etc.

*The information of Secondary Call was updated on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Program Details ("Emergency Student Support Handout for Continuing Studies")

1. Eligible students

Tokyo Tech students in regular programs (bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctoral degree, and professional master's degree programs) who (1) fulfill the application requirements such as living independently and paying tuition through part-time work, (2) face a significant drop in income due to the spread of COVID-19, and (3) have received support from other programs (refer to "5. Requirements (criteria) for receiving the grant" below for more details.)

*Application limited to once per student. If you have already received the cash at the First Call, you cannot apply again.

2. Amount to be granted

  • Students who are members of resident tax-exempt households: JPY 200,000

    *Submission of the newest Certificate of Exemption from Residence Tax (of both you and your family (parents)) is required unless the student is a Class I recipient under the financial support system for higher education (高等教育の修学支援制度).
    *In principle, the family members who support you financially must be exempted from residence tax in Japan. Please note that you are not eligible to receive JPY 200,000 even if only you are exempted.

  • Other students: JPY 100,000

3. Application period

First Call: Friday, May 29 to Friday, June 12, 2020 Closed

Secondary Call:

- Online application must be completed from Monday, July 6 to 23:59 Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- The required documents must reach us by Friday, July 17, 2020

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To complete the application procedure, you must finish not only online applications but also submitting documents by the above period.
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The "Submitted Documents Checklist" must be submitted even if you have no required documents.

4. How to Apply

Please read the program's Application Guide (for Students)PDF carefully.

(1)
Apply with the Online Application Formouter (consisting of the "Application for Emergency Student Support Handout" (Form 1) and the "Oath" (Form 2)).
(2)
Prepare the Submitted Documents Checklist (download PDF)PDF and fill in your online application number.
(3)
Send hard copies of the checklist and the required documents with tracking (registered mail, Letter Pack, etc.).
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Tokyo Tech will not accept inquiries about the receipt of sent documents. Applications will not be received in person at the Student Support Division counter.
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Tokyo Tech does not accept applications via the LINE app.

Postal address for document submission:

Student Support Emergency Aid Team, Student Support Division, Student Services Department Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1-W8-102 Ookayama, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

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Make sure to write "Application Documents for Emergency Student Grant Enclosed" (学生支援緊急給付金 申請書類在中) in red on the front of the envelope.

5. Requirements (criteria) for receiving the grant

1. Applicants must fulfill requirements 1 through 5 and 7 (for international students) below.

1)
You are not receiving large sums from your family.*1
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"Large sums" means approx. 1.5 million yen per year or more in remittances (including those to cover tuition).
Example of evidence (optional): Copy of deposit passbook (write explanatory notes as necessary)
2)
You do not live in a supporter's residence, in principle.*2
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"Not living in a supporter's residence," means that you are living separately from the person financially supporting your family, and you pay your own rent. When filing your application, you must submit documentation (such as a copy of your apartment rental agreement) proving that you commute to school from an address other than your supporter's residence.
Example of evidence (required for all students living separately from the person financially supporting their family): Copy of rental agreement for apartment or other residence, document proving recent payment of rent, copy of residence certificate, etc.
3)
Your part-time income accounts for a large percentage of funds for paying daily expenses and tuition.*3
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If your part-time job is eligible for support under the employment adjustment subsidy, and you have been paid a leave allowance by your employer, this allowance will be considered part-time income.
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4)
Due to decreased family income (of either parent) or other similar reason, you do not expect to receive additional support from your family.
Example of evidence (optional): A certificate proving that you are receiving public support in response to COVID-19
5)
Your part-time income (including compensation for absence from work through the employment adjustment subsidy*4)has significantly decreased (to 50% or less compared to the previous month*5 due to the impact of COVID-19.
*4
If your part-time job is eligible for support under the employment adjustment subsidy, and you have been paid a leave allowance by your employer, this allowance will be considered part-time income.
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The base month for comparison is the month (since January) when your part-time income decreased significantly.
Example of evidence (required): Payment statement from your part-time employer or a copy of your deposit passbook, etc. (The documentation must prove a decrease in income over two consecutive months anytime since January of this year.)
*In case you are unable to gather a documentary evidence, you must enter the circumstances for which you are currently unable to provide documentary evidence in the item of remarks in the online application form.
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This item applies to Japanese students only.
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7)
International students must fulfill the following criteria IN ADDITION TO experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19.
  • You have been awarded excellent grades. Specifically, your average grade for the previous academic year must be 2.30 or higher.*6
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    If you are a new student who entered Tokyo Tech from another university in April 2020, the average grades for the previous year in your previous school must be 2.30 or higher. Please use this calculation methodPDF and confirm that you have 2.30 or higher by yourself (You do not need to submit the academic transcript unless otherwise requested).
  • Your monthly attendance is at least 80%.
  • You receive an average of no more than 90,000 yen in monthly remittances (not including funds for paying tuition and enrollment fees, etc.).
  • If your financial supporter is resident in Japan, the supporter's annual income is less than 5 million yen.
Example of evidence (required): Copy of deposit passbook for the recipient's bank account showing the amount of remittances, or documentation proving the annual income of the financial supporter living in Japan

2. Tokyo Tech will confirm applicants' financial difficulty in continuing their studies by considering fulfillment of the criteria above (see 1.).

6. Notes

  • You can apply even if you are not sure whether your circumstances fulfill the requirements for the grant as explained in the application guide.
  • The number of recommendations to be made by Tokyo Tech for the grant is limited. Please note that Tokyo Tech will screen applicants, and the grants may not be awarded to all students who apply.
  • Tokyo Tech is responsible for notifying the screening results to applicants. Following our screening process, the each applicant will be notified of the result by email. It will be sent to your Tokyo Tech email account (xxx@m.titech.ac.jp).
  • After the completion of screening and recommendations by Tokyo Tech, the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) will transfer the cash to the bank account stated in the application forms of the students who are to receive the grant. Tokyo Tech will notify the students as the timing of the bank transfer is fixed.
  • Any update on information regarding the urgent grant program will be announced accordingly.
  • In false statements are found in the application content, recipients could be requested to return the grant.

7. Reference

8. Tokyo Tech contact:

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