Fees & Financial Assistance - UWC ISAK Japan

Fees & Financial Assistance

"The striking feature of the United World Colleges is that they embrace the entire world across all divides of race, history, culture, wealth, religion, economic status, and political belief. "

-Nelson Mandela, Former UWC President

"The striking feature of the United World Colleges is that they embrace the entire world across all divides of race, history, culture, wealth, religion, economic status, and political belief. "

-Nelson Mandela, Former UWC President

Commitment to Affordability

True Diversity is a hallmark of a UWC education. We believe transformational leaders can only become transformational if they can appreciate a diverse range of perspectives. This is why we are committed to offering need-based financial assistance to our students.





Each year, UWC ISAK Japan offers approximately 500 million Japanese yen in need-based financial assistance to help deserving students who could not otherwise afford to attend. 70% of our students are the recipients of some level of financial assistance, including about 40% of our incoming Grade 10 students, with awards ranging from 50,000 JPY scholarships to full scholarships.

We Are Committed to Making an Exceptional Education Affordable

Diversity is at the heart of UWC, and we welcome applications from students around the world who are curious, passionate and motivated. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to experience a UWC education, regardless of their family’s financial background. That is why we are committed to providing need-based financial assistance to students who are unable to afford full school fees.

If you are interested in applying to UWC ISAK Japan but are worried about the cost, please read on to learn more about the financial assistance program at UWC ISAK Japan.

School Fees & Expenses

Annual School Fees for the 2023-2024 school year: 5,700,000 JPY*

Tuition: 3.83 million yen (yearly)
Dormitory fee: 1.55 million yen (yearly )
Facility fee: 320,000 yen (yearly)
Enrollment fee: 300,000 yen (non-refundable; one-time fee only at the time of admission)

Includes: Tuition, dormitory housing, daily meal service, facilities fee, IB exam fees, required medical health checks, Project Week and expenses for most school activities and trips.

*UWC ISAK Japan school fees will be reviewed by the School Board prior to the 2024 school year

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From USD

  • Airfare to Japan
  • Transportation between the airport/home and campus
  • Spending money: approximately 5,000 JPY per month (snacks, school supplies, local transportation, etc.)
  • Security deposit (refundable): 40,000 JPY per year

Financial Assistance

The following information is for students applying to UWC ISAK Japan for our 3-year program from Grade 10. If you are applying to your UWC national committee for the 2-year program from Grade 11, please contact your national committee for more information about scholarships and financial assistance.

For students who enroll at UWC ISAK Japan from Grade 10, we offer need-based financial assistance (FA) to students who are not able to afford the cost of full school fees. Financial assistance ranges from partial scholarships up to full scholarships. The financial assistance does not need to be repaid.

All of our financial assistance is need-based, which means it is awarded based on a family’s ability to pay for school fees. We do not offer academic or merit-based scholarships.

Students applying for Grade 11 entry through their national committee should contact their national committee regarding the availability of scholarships, as the number of scholarships available can change from year to year. Students who are selected by the UWC Global Selection Programme (GSP) are not eligible for scholarships.

Students apply for financial assistance when they submit their application for admission. Financial assistance is awarded based on each family’s unique circumstances and financial situation. Our Financial Assistance Committee reviews each applicant family’s income, assets, expenditures and debt. Additionally, the number of children in the family and the amount the family is paying for those children to attend school or university are factors that we consider when awarding financial assistance.

All financial information is treated as confidential and is reviewed only by those directly responsible for determining need. Admission decisions are made independently of financial need. Students who apply for financial assistance will receive notification of their financial assistance award along with their offer of acceptance.

As a rule, our financial assistance does not cover flights to/from Japan, pocket money and other incidental expenses.

You will need to complete and submit the Financial Assistance Request Form portion of the UWC ISAK Japan online application, along with supporting documents such as a tax return or official income statement. The Financial Assistance Request Form will appear once the Parent/Guardian Form portion of the online application has been submitted. Please see the Parent/Guardian Form on the online application for complete details.

The deadline for submitting the Financial Assistance Application is the same as the deadline for your online application and other required documents.

Students can expect to receive the same level of assistance during their time at UWC ISAK Japan, provided that they fulfill their responsibilities as a student and as a member of the school community.

Academic performance, maintenance of strong character and cooperation within the school community will be taken into consideration for the continuation of financial assistance. If a student does not meet his or her responsibilities, UWC ISAK Japan has the right to withdraw financial assistance in subsequent years. Additionally, financial assistance may be reduced or denied if a student/family demonstrates a lifestyle that greatly exceeds the financial resources indicated on the Financial Assistance Request Form.

Yes, all financial assistance recipients will re-submit their financial data for review for each subsequent school year. In general, students will continue to receive the same level of financial assistance during their three years of school. Specific award amounts will be determined based on changes in a family’s income and expenses from year to year.

No. If you expect that you will need financial assistance in order to cover the cost of your education, you must apply for financial assistance when you apply to Grade 10. Recently, we have seen an increasing number of students requesting financial assistance from Grade 11. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate such requests unless there has been an extreme change in a family’s circumstances.

Yes! All applicants are eligible to apply for financial assistance, regardless of nationality. For the 2021 school year, nearly half of our Japanese students were receiving some level of financial assistance, ranging from small awards to near-full scholarships.

Financial aid offers are announced with acceptance notifications.

No. The financial assistance awarded by UWC ISAK Japan is not a loan and does not need to be repaid. However, we do expect families to contribute as much as possible toward their child’s education in order for us to share our financial resources among all students with need. We request that families find their own way to contribute to our community. We also hope that students and parents remember UWC ISAK Japan’s generosity in future years, when their financial situation allows them to help meet the needs of future students.

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