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Students with Economic Difficulties Gets Help
2005-3-31 16:51:22     
Life in China: College costs in China have risen dramatically recently. Some college students, thanks to social aid and their own perseverance, have succeeded against the odds at college.


A: Hello and welcome back to another edition of Life in China on China Radio International. I'm Ron Lorenz.

B: I'm Alison Freidman. In this edition of Life in China, we will first take a look at China's higher education situation. College costs in China have risen dramatically in recent years. However, the extra struggle to meet the cost of tuition seems to actually be spurring students on to do even better in their studies.

College costs are up markedly during the latest years in China. While quite a few families have not been able to keep pace with this increasing cost, the uprising tuitions seem to stem students from impoverished families making grades with their higher education.

A: So, in this week's Life in China, we will talk with to some college students who have triumphed over poverty and difficulty, by way of social aid, and their own sheer determination.  have been through the toughness as being confronted by poverty and difficulty; and find out along with social aid how their own courage and persistence help them out a desperate situation. 

B: Then we will show you around an ethnic neighborhood in Beijing, Niujie, the Ox street, to take a look at the Hui people's everyday life. For all this and more, stay tuned to Life in China.  Also in this week's programme we'll be visiting Nui Jie, or Ox Street, to learn about the daily lives of the Hui people who live there. So stay tuned.    

A: For students, getting admitted to a decenearning a place at a good college should be a cause for celebration after years of hard work. However, for families with in financial difficultyies, the cost of tuition fees, such news can be the cause for a great deal of anxiety. it means anxiety over the high tuition fees. They currentlyAverage fees currently stand at about 6000 Yuan, or about 700 US dollars, per academic year.

B: Tuition -fees were introduced in China in the early 1990s. By 2000, annual tuition fees in most colleges and universities exceeded 4,000 Yuan, or around 500 US dollars. And this year, fees for most subjects are around 5,000 Yuan.

A: Add onto that annual living expenditure, then having a child go to going to college meanis a heavy burden for many families in underdeveloped rural areas,. like Pan Ling-li's family found themselves in exactly that situation..

B: Pan Ling-li and her family lives in a remote village in northwest China's Shaanxi province. Last summer when the admission notice from thenews of her acceptance into the  Northwestern Polytechnical University reached Ling-li, she was sent into a state near euphoriaecstatic,. However, almost immediately, her feelings of euphoria were replaced by anxiety.  How would her family ever afford her tuition costs?but only for a few moments, her excitement was replaced by anxiety to put her family under stress to pay the high tuition fees.

A: All this Her family's meagre income comes entirely from farming is from the lean farming earnings. Already distressed by a grip to make both ends meefinding it hard to make ends meett, it seemedwas impossible for the family to afford Ling-li's college costs. Although she had always longed to enter thego to university, Ling-li decided, reluctantly, to give up the idea of going to college and the terrific opportunity to change her life for the better.

B: Overcome byThe situation seemed desperatetion and hopelesssness, until the family then learned that application for education loans may help them out of the strapped situations.they may be able to apply for an education loan. Pan Ling-li found her last hope.  realized she still had a chance.

A: Education loans were started introduced by the government in 1999. They aim to help impoverished students in higher education to pay for their tuition. Under the program, poor students can get a loan of 6000-yuan, or about more thanjust over 700 US dollars as a loan at at a very low interest rate. Students are required to repay the loan within six years of graduating; and during their time at college, the government grants students a certain subsidy to pay off their interest on their loan interest.

B: Without much effort, Pan Ling-li wasis granted able to receive an education loan of 6000 yuan of education loans due to her family'sy financial difficultiessituation. There is no worry about the tuition fees any more; but the living cost has to be made up by Lingli herself.Although Pan Ling-li must find her living costs herself, the family no longer need worry about her tuition fees.

A: Ling-li's school is located in Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi province. The dazzling city-view has made this country girl eyes wide openThe bright lights of the city have certainly opened this country girl's eyes, not least to how expensive city life can be.; while the bills of everyday life strokes her heart even more.

B: Back in at home, Ling-li had no spending on food sincenever had to spend money on food as all the bread and butter come directly from the arable land her family working onher family could feed themselves from the land they worked;. However, at school she has to buy her meals. The cheapest dishes cost about 1 yuan, which means she spends at least 3 yuan every day on food., even on the cheapest dish, she has to spend about 1 yuan, therefore, more than 3 yuan for every day¨s meals.

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