HIS Niseko Financial Aid Program

HIS Niseko is committed to offering some degree of financial assistance to families that demonstrate financial need in paying tuition. First and foremost, consideration is given to students who have no educational alternatives in Niseko. 

Ordinarily, this limits eligibility to students who are not subsidized by their parents’ employers or by other parties. Since eligibility is based on many factors and each family has differing situations and financial circumstances, it is not possible to determine a specific income level at which a family is eligible or ineligible for aid. Financial assistance generally reduces over time. 
Each year, the school allocates 20% of the funds generated by our Corporate and Personal Financial Aid Fundraising drive. 
These funds are reserved for Niseko families only. No donations to this fund are allocated for Sapporo families.

Allocation of Funds

Applying for financial aid does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive it. Conversely, simply being eligible does not guarantee that there will be financial aid available. The amount of aid offered by the school depends on each family’s financial circumstances, the funds available, and the school’s policies. Since a majority of the school’s funds are awarded prior to summer holiday and allocated at the start of the school year, application timing is also another factor.
Funding for the HIS Niseko Financial Aid program will come from one source: donations through our Corporate and Personal Donation Program. Twenty percent (20%) of the funds received during our drive will be allocated to the following school year's Financial Aid Program. 
Any increase in the amount of student aid can be directly supported by increased amounts of our Corporate or Personal donations through enhanced fundraising efforts.
The Financial Assistance Committee of the Executive Board bases assistance decisions on information provided by each applying family and submission of supporting documents.  The typical award amount covers 10 % to a maximum of 50% of tuition and is only valid for one academic year.

Important Considerations

1. Know the Deadlines

HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Application Forms will be distributed on April 20th.

Financial Aid Applications are due by May 10th. The Financial Assistance Committee may consider late applications -- depending upon the availability of funds -- if a family applies for admission to the school after this date, or if a family suffers unexpected reversals in their finances that affect their ability to make outstanding tuition payments during the course of the school year. However, since a majority of the funds are earmarked for distribution prior to the start of the school year.

Applicants submitting documents after the deadline will only be eligible for any remaining funds.

2. Consider ALL the costs

Knowing the true cost of a full year of education will help you plan your finances. Additional costs include one-time building and annual capital fees, and other annual expenses such as transportation, lunch, additional English language support, sports, and travel fees for retreats, field-trips and other club activities or trips. 

Please note that the HIS Niseko Financial Aid Program covers ONLY the cost of tuition. All families of students at HIS must pay all annual and one-time fees in full at the time of admission.

3. Remember that aid is awarded annually & reduces over time 

Families receiving financial aid must reapply each year in order to be eligible for continuing financial aid. Tuition Assistance is meant to help families deal with short-term hardship and ranges from 10% ~ 50%, but reduces over time in subsequent years.

Criteria for Aid

Students receiving aid are expected to observe accepted standards of social behavior and to progress satisfactorily in their academic programs. Students receiving aid who are on disciplinary or academic probation will receive future financial assistance grants on a semester basis until their probation status is remedied. Future grants may be withheld if their probation persists.
Families receiving aid are expected to perform some voluntary services for the school on a regular basis. The aid application allows parents the opportunity to list service areas where they feel most qualified to volunteer.    

Families receiving aid are expected to support the school’s fundraising efforts. All parents are asked to contribute to the Corporate and Personal Fundraising Drive either monetarily or through volunteer efforts. As direct beneficiaries of this program, applicants are expected to understand the spirit of such a fundraising program, and to support the fund as much as possible.

Administration of the Program

The school’s policies on financial aid are determined by the Executive Board and are administered by a Financial Assistance Committee made up of school administration and other members appointed by the board.                                
Processing financial aid applications and managing the program’s records and communications are responsibilities of the school administration, specifically the office of the Head of School. After enrollment, all inquiries and questions regarding the Financial Aid program should be directed to the Head of School's office.

The Application Process (for NEW students)

1. Contact the Niseko Office

Application forms for financial aid are available at the entry of the school office.    
All matters concerning financial aid (inquiries, applications, and decisions) will be handled confidentially.

2. Apply Simultaneously for Admission AND Financial Aid

Students must be viable candidates for admission before beginning the financial aid process.

Submit all financial aid documentation via mail to the Sapporo office, together with all admissions materials in a separate envelope.

Niseko Campus Address: 
12 Aza Fujimi
Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun
Japan 048-1501

3. Submit all documents on time

Applications will NOT be considered until all required documentation has been submitted.                                     
Identify ALL income sources anticipated for the school year, including support from family, friends, and relatives.    
Provide accurate figures from the MOST RECENT taxation period.
* Provide a certified “Income and Tax Statement/Certificate” issued by your local government or tax authority.
* If a certified “Income and Tax Statement/Certificate” is not available, obtain one from your employer. 
* If your tax is withheld in Japan, your statement should represent the year ending the previous December 31.

4. Await Notification

Notification regarding financial aid will be sent to all applicants as soon as possible before the start of the school year.

April 20, 2022