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Funds spent in Beijing to help campus-staying college students

2009-01-25 08:28:15 GMT2009-01-25 16:28:15 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing municipal government has allocated 1.45 million yuan (212,300 U.S. dollars) to help college students who choose to stay in campus during the Spring Festival.

Statistics showed that among all the 14,700 college students who are staying in campus, 4,800 are from financially stringent families.

Most of the funds from the municipal government will go to college managements for additional utilities and maintenance expenses during the winter recess. Some go directly to subsidize students on budgets for meals.

The prestigious Tsinghua University, for example, offers 450 part-time on-campus jobs for students not leaving for home re-union during the most important festival of the Chinese.

In addition to financial support, many colleges and universities have prepared students gatherings, tea parties, film shows and free dinners at the lunar New Year Eve, which falls on Sunday.

Unlike those in the United States, Chinese colleges usually provide lodging to registered students during summer and winter recesses. Students choose to stay in campus often prepare their graduate tests or earn some money for supporting their own education.

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