The National Grant, established and funded jointly by central and local governments, is aimed at helping students with financial difficulties to finish their academic studies. The National Grant is used for living expenses for undergraduates and junior college students in full-time programs (include higher vocational colleges and the second bachelor degree) who have financial difficulties. The average funding is 3000 RMB a year per student. The specific standard is set at the range of 1500-4000 RMB per student, which can be divided into two or three levels. According to regulation, students can apply for national grants before September 30th each year.