The government provides low-income citizens with basic livelihood grants, housing subsidies, education subsidies (Ministry of Education) and medical aid to guarantee basic livelihood. The system offers systematic self-support through the service to those who can work. Even foreign residents can receive benefits based on the related ordinances.
Any foreigner who meets the following conditions as well as all the requirements in terms of the
① reported income and the ② dependent obligor is eligible to receive the basic livelihood subsidy.
Foreigners who have been registered and have lived in Korea, been married to Korean citizens and are expecting or raising a Korean child who is a minor (including cases of divorce and the death of a spouse)
Foreigners who live with the parents or grandparents of spouses who are Korean citizens Foreigners who do not meet the above qualifications may not apply for basic livelihood security aid. If there is a Korean citizen in the family of foreigners, the Korean citizen may be the beneficiary of basic livelihood security aid, provided that he or she meets the standards for the amount of income acknowledged.
(2018) livelihood allowance 30%, medical allowance 40%, housing allowance 43%, education pay 50%
According to the revision of customized wage (July, 2015), education wage is not applicable based on the standard of the obligator of support
|Item||1-person household||2-person household||3-person household||4-person household||5-person household||6-person household|
|No. of family members||1||2||3||4||5||6|
(30% of the median)
(40% of the median)
(43% of the median)
(50% of the median)
Livelihood wage amount = the minimum level of livelihood wage (standard of selecting a target) – income acknowledged amount
(Unit: KRW 10,000/month)
|Item||1st grade area |
|2nd grade area |
|3rd grade area |
|4th grade area |
|Item||Light repair||Median repair||Big repair|
|Repair costs||3.78 million won||7.02 million won||10.26 million won|
If the reported income is below the standard for livelihood wage, 100% of the repair cost is supported. If the reported income is below 35% of the standard median income, 90% of the repair cost is supported. If the reported income is over 35% and less than 43% of the standard median income, 80% of the repair cost is supported. For the island area that cannot be entered through land (except for Jeju Island), 10% will be added to the above repair costs.
|Target||Aid items||Aid amount (2018)|
|Elementary school students||Sub-textbook costs||KRW 66,000|
|Middle and high school students||KRW 105,000|
|Elementary school students||Stationary costs||KRW 50,000|
|Middle and high school students||KRW 57,000|
|High school students||Textbook costs||Entire textbooks in the curriculum for the applicable grade|
|Admission fees/tuition||Amount announced by the principal by year/grade area|
Submit application form to eup/myeon/dong office
Government official examines applicant’s income and property records
Application denied or rejected
Please note that information contained within this publication is current as of April 2018; information is subject to change without notice.