Example Budgets

Nowadays, it is increasingly difficult for many people to finance their studies. Tuition fees are increasing, and in many countries student support is under attack. We believe young people represent the great hope of the future, and we aim to help the most excellent students pursue their studies without needing to worry about fees.

As noted on the Scholarships page, we have a range of scholarship options available, with approximate 40% of current students receiving scholarships.

We also have a generous fees-waiver scheme, where academically excellent students from less affluent backgrounds can receive a fees reduction of 33, 50 or 100%, depending on their academic record and personal / family financial circumstances.

At Tsukuba, we believe that excellent, hard working students deserve greater levels of support, and the most able should be able to graduate with minimal debt.

Here, we present 3 example budgets where the student receives varying levels of support (both from parents, and from the university / government, based on academic performance) and part time employment. All figures are reported in US dollars for ease of comparison.

Example Budget 1

In this example, the student does not receive a scholarship in any year of their degree program, they pay full fees, and they have no part time job. This represents a worst case scenario.

First Year Costs ($)
Application fee $150
Tuition fees $0
Dormitory $850
Key money (1st year) $250
Food and personal expenses $2,500
Books and supplies $180
Transportation and telephone $1,200
Total $5,130

In the second through fourth year, the student decides to move into private accommodation. They do not receive a scholarship or fees waiver.

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Costs ($)
Tuition fee $4,500
Dormitory $5,000
Key money (2nd year only) $850
Food and personal expenses $4,000
Books and supplies $450
Transportation and telephone $1,000
Total $15,800 /$14,950

The per year cost is $850 less in 3rd and 4th year, since key money is only charged upon signing an apartment lease.

Given these costs, absent any scholarships, part-time jobs or other income, the total cost is as shown below.

Year Cost ($)
First $5,130
Second $15,800
Third $14,950
Fourth $14,950
Total $50,830

Example Budget 2

In this example, the student receives a Tsukuba Scholarship in first year, and a JASSO scholarships in the third year of their degree program. They pay full fees, and in years 2, 3 and 4 have a part time job averaging 10 hours a week, paying 1000 yen per hour. They visit home only once, in 3rd year.

First Year Costs ($)
Application fee $150
Tuition fees $0
Dormitory $850
Key money (1st year) $250
Food and personal expenses $2,500
Books and supplies $180
Transportation and telephone $1,200
Sub-total $5,130
Scholarship $3,500
Total $1,630

In the second through fourth year, the student continues in student accommodation. They receive a JASSO scholarship in third year only, and no fees waiver.

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Costs ($)
Tuition fee $4,500
Dormitory $1,400
Food and personal expenses $4,000
Books and supplies $450
Transportation and telephone $1,000
Sub-total $11,350
Scholarship (3rd yr) $4,800
Part time job $4,300
Trip home $2,000

In third year, the transportation costs are $2000, to take into account a flight home.

Given these costs, plus scholarships and part time work, the total cost is as shown below.

Year Cost ($)
First $1,630
Second $7,050
Third $2,250
Fourth $7,050
Total $17,980

Example Budget 3

In this example, the student has an excellent academic record, and receives a first year Tsukuba Scholarship in first year, and also received the Tsukuba scholarship in all subsequent years. Each year, they receive a 50% tuition fees waiver based on the strength of their academic record. They work 6 hours per week, earning 1000 yen / hour, in years 2, 3 and 4. They visit home once, in 3rd year. This is a best-case scenario.

First Year Costs ($)
Application fee $200
Tuition fees $0
Dormitory $1,200
Key money (1st year) $350
Food and personal expenses $3,200
Books and supplies $250
Transportation and telephone $1,300
Subtotal $6,500
Scholarship $5,200
Total $1,300

In the second through fourth year, the student remains in university accommodation.

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Costs ($)
Tuition fee $3,000
Dormitory $2,000
Food and personal expenses $5,200
Books and supplies $500
Transportation and telephone $1,000
Subtotal $11,700
Scholarship $7,200
Part-time job $3,120
Total $1,380

Tuition fees are $0 for year 2, and the transportation and telephone fee will be $2,000 in 3rd year, to reflect a trip home.

Given these costs, along with scholarships and part-time work, the total cost is as shown below.

Year Cost ($)
First $1,300
Second $1,380
Third $2,380
Fourth $1,280
Total $6,240