Special Measures for Tuition Exemption

Tokyo Tech will take special measures concerning tuition exemption ("special exemption") for undergraduate students, to reduce adverse consequences resulting from implementation of the Japanese government's financial support system for higher education ("new support system") commencing in April 2020. Students eligible for special exemption are those who entered a bachelor's program in or before AY 2019.


While the government's new support system is expected to enhance undergraduate education, there may be cases where financial support for current students will be reduced due to major changes.

For example:

  • The new support system is available only to Japanese students.
  • Tuition deduction will be one-third, two-thirds, or 100% (currently 50% or 100% of tuition).
  • Maximum household income of applicants for tuition exemption will be drastically lowered.

With the support of the government's transitional measures, Tokyo Tech will provide special exemption in order to reduce the burden on students affected by tuition increase and other changes. We hope to prevent any loss of opportunity to study.

In principle, Japanese students can apply for special exemption only once while enrolled in a bachelor's program. Application for the new support system is required as a prior condition. If students are not eligible or not selected for the new support system, they may apply for special exemption once during the following academic year and afterwards. International students can apply for special exemption once per academic year.

Eligible applicants for special exemption are 1st- to 3rd-year undergraduate students (both Japanese and privately funded international students) in the current academic year (AY 2019).

Note that the special measures for tuition exemption will be terminated in March 2023.

Please refer to the following application information for AY 2020. Keep in mind that the application period, documents, and requirements for privately funded international students differ from those for Japanese students.

※Due to the influence of novel coronavirus, the documents to be submitted can be acceptable by postal mail. (March 31, 2020 updated)

※【Important】Due to our university’s policy associated with the prevention of the spread of novel coronavirus infection, the Student Support Division will close from April 13th (Mon) to the end of 2Q. For inquires please send us only by email. In addition, please note that replying to the email takes more time than usual. (June 17, 2020 updated)

※【Secondary Submission】The submission period is July 1st (Wed) to July 10th (Fri).Please submit them by Letter Pack Light or registered mail due to COVID-19. Application documents must arrive no later than July 10(Fri), 2020.(The application documents after the deadline will not be available.) (June 17, 2020 updated)

※【Application results and Schedule from now on】The results will be notified to applicants in mid-September. It may be changed again due to the change of situations in the future. In that case, we will inform you of the schedule again on website. (June 17, 2020 updated)

※【Application for fall semester】The schedule of the application for fall semester is available on the website.(September 9, 2020 updated)

※【Emergency Tuition Exemptions for Undergraduate Students Affected Financially by COVID-19, Fall Semester AY 2020】 The information is available here. (January 26, 2021 updated)

Privately Funded International Students (Undergraduate)

1. Eligibility

Applicants must be both of the following:

  • 2nd- to 4th-year bachelor's students in AY 2020
  • Those who are unable to pay the tuition due to financial difficulties but have demonstrated outstanding academic performance

2. Application and Evaluation

Eligible students may apply for special exemption either in the spring or fall semester.

For applications made in the spring semester, exemption will be considered for both spring and fall semesters. Applications in the fall semester will be considered for that semester only.

According to our regulations, Tokyo Tech will review and evaluate applicants' financial circumstances, such as income and deductible expenses, as well as academic performance. We may contact individual applicants concerning information provided.

3. Application Schedule

Spring semester
Download application materials
February 17 to March 16, 2020
Application materials must be downloaded from the website during the above period.
Application period
February 17 to March 16, 2020
【Application of tuition exemption with a sudden change of household due to COVID-19】
June 1 to June 12, 2020    
May 11 to May 25, 2020
July 1 to July 10, 2020
Open only to applicants who completed the primary application. Supporting documents must be submitted (e.g., income verification)
Fall semester
Download application materials

September 9 to October 13, 2020

Application materials must be downloaded from the website during the above period.
Application period

September 30 to October 13, 2020

In principle, students can apply for special exemption once per academic year. In case of a significant change in financial circumstances, please consult the Student Support Division regardless of the application period.

4. Application Documents

Necessary documents may differ for each applicant. Please refer to the application guide for details.

For spring semester, submit primary and secondary documents on each specified submission deadline.

For fall semester, submit primary documents with secondary documents on specified submission deadline. (Application is only one step, not two steps.)

Documents for primary application include:

Application form for tuition exemption (or application form for postponement of tuition payment, if applicable)
Documents verifying housing expenses (e.g., a copy of housing contract)
Identification (e.g., a copy of Certificate of Eligibility)
A self-addressed envelope with postage affixed (for notification of application results)

Documents for secondary application include:

A financial status report
Documents verifying income

Please download application materials between September 9 and October 13, 2020 by clicking the file titles.

AY 2020 application for tuition exemption for privately funded international students (undergraduate) Application guidePDF Forms for primary applicationPDF Forms for secondary applicationPDF

AY 2020 Application of tuition exemption with a sudden change of household due to COVID-19 Application guidePDF Declaration of Change in Household Income Due to COVID-19.pdfPDF Forms for primary applicationPDF list of organization about financial assistance from designated public organizations.pdf (details are only available in Japanese)PDF Forms for secondary applicationPDF

5. Submission of Application (delivery address)

Submit the application documents at the office directly or by postal mail. In addition, make sure to use the tracking system (ex:registered mail, etc.) when you send the application documents by postal mail, and they must arrive by the deadline.

(Inquiry and submission on campus) Ookayama Campus West Bldg. 8E, Floor1

(Submission by postal mail) Financial Aid Group, Student Support Division, Student Services Department Tokyo Institute of Technology W8-102, 2-12-1 Ookayama Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8550 Japan

6. Applications Results

Decisions on applications will be: full exemption; 50% exemption; or disapproved. Applicants will receive a written notification of the results in mid-September for the spring semester and late December for the fall semester (TBD). After having received a rejection or an exemption for half the amount, the tuition must be paid promptly by the designated date.

7. Postponement of Tuition Payment

The conditions and application process are the same as above when students who will pay tuition in full apply for postponement of payment. Applicants must submit application forms and other certifications.

When postponement is approved, the tuition must be paid by the end of September for the spring semester, and by the end of January for the fall semester.

8. Important

  • If you have applied, please do not make payment until you have been notified of the decision. If you do, your application will be canceled.
  • As applications are available only once per academic year, it is advisable to thoroughly review the application conditions.
  • Strong academic performance, etc. may have a favorable effect on applications for exemption.

9. Inquiries and Contact

For more information, feel free to contact us by email. Please make sure to include your name, student ID number, and phone number. We will answer your questions by email or telephone.

Financial Aid Group, Student Support Division: gak.kei@jim.titech.ac.jp

Also, visit the Tuition web page for information about regular tuition payment (how to pay, date on which the amount is charged to applicants' accounts, etc.).