Student emergency assistance fund of 500 million yen in response to COVID-19Fri, Apr 24, 2020
Student emergency assistance fund of 500 million yen in response to COVID-19
In response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Waseda University has decided on the following items to provide support for students who are facing financial difficulties to pay tuition or to sustain their lives, as well as to continue providing university education through online courses.
1. COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Fund
Totaling 500 million yen, the University has established the COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Fund for students at Waseda University, Waseda University Senior and Junior High Schools, Waseda University Honjo Senior High School and Waseda University Art and Architecture School. The COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Fund will grant each student approximately 100,000 yen. Though we are still discussing the details of how students can apply and when it will be offered, but as soon as everything is ready, we will notify students immediately. We ask that students kindly wait for our notification.
2. Study support for learning online
Also with the fund mentioned above, we are preparing to provide study support such as lending electronic devices to learn online (e.g. laptops and WiFi routers) for students who are facing financial difficulties. Also, we are currently considering to provide telecommunications equipment at an affordable price for all students in general. Starting from the end of April to before the start date of classes on May 11, we will be notifying students about these services and support in the order they are ready to be offered.
3. Existing financial assistance such as scholarships
Aside from the two items mentioned above, we would like to provide students facing financial hardships support through scholarships, such as the Waseda University Emergency Scholarship and the Azusa Ono Memorial Scholarship, and other types of financial assistance made possible by alumni and other supportive individuals. In addition, we will consider deferred payment of tuition as much as possible based on the circumstances of each student.
In addition to the items mentioned above, Waseda University will continue to consider and implement other types of support measures as necessary.