Tuition, Childcare Support for Fatherless FamiliesOn April 12, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced its decision to pay tuition fees for academic high school students who come from low income, fatherless families. The Ministry formerly provided only for such students if they attended business high schools.
The Ministry will also pay childcare fees for 7,000 children under the age of six. This grant works out to 541 won a per child, or 112,000 won ($101) a month per child.
The Ministry is also setting aside a rehabilitation fund which will be used to support low income families. Loans of up to 12 million won with long-term low interest rates will be awarded in order to help families move into permanent rental houses. They will provide job training and help eligible family members find jobs.
Lower income, fatherless families usually report a monthly income of under one million won ($903), and for families with children under the age of 18, total property value is usually less than 45 million ($40,650).
by Shin Sung-sik