Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors
More subsidised undergraduate places

Since the 2015/16 academic year, the Education Bureau (EDB) introduced the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) to subsidise about 1 000 students per cohort to pursue designated self-financing undergraduate programmes, providing diversified and flexible pathways for secondary school graduates.


SSSDP aims to increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places by leveraging on the supply of the self-financing sector to nurture talent in support of specific industries with keen manpower demand; and to encourage the self-financing sector to offer programmes in selected disciplines that meet Hong Kong’s social and economic needs.  Further, SSSDP aims to support the healthy and sustainable development of the self-financing post-secondary education sector to complement the University Grants Committee-funded sector in broadening and diversifying study opportunities.

Subsidised Programmes (Admission in the 2017/18 Academic Year)

In the 2017/18 academic year, SSSDP will subsidise a total of 1 062 places under 17 programmes offered by six post-secondary institutions (including Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hang Seng Management College, Tung Wah College, The Open University of Hong Kong, and Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong under the Vocational Training Council). The selected programmes fall under six disciplines with keen manpower demand, namely Health Care, Architecture and Engineering, Testing and Certification, Creative Industries, Logistics, and Tourism and Hospitality.

The unit subsidy will be administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to $40,000 is provided to programmes which are not laboratory-based while a higher subsidy of up to $70,000 is provided to more costly programmes which are laboratory-based. For details, please visit

Subsidy Arrangement

Students admitted to a subsidised place under SSSDP will receive non-means-tested subsidy. Tuition fee payable will be net of the applicable subsidy. For instance, the annual tuition fee for the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care offered by The Open University of Hong Kong will be $111,800 in the 2017/18 academic year, the actual amount of annual tuition fee payable will be $41,800 after deducting the $70,000 subsidy under SSSDP,. Students with financial difficulty may still apply for Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees paid.

Programme Quality and Graduate Prospect

The six designated professions/sectors supported by SSSDP are with keen manpower demand, EDB encourages students who are subsidised under SSSDP to join the relevant industries upon graduation, but it is not compulsory. Students are free to choose their career pathways or to pursue further studies. All programmes under SSSDP are locally-accredited and listed on the Qualifications Register, hence their qualities are assured and recognised by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Application and Admission

1. Subsidised places will be mainly allocated through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). Interested students who took the 2017 HKDSE Examination should apply through JUPAS. Programmes under SSSDP are listed under “SSSDP” by funding category under JUPAS.

2. Some SSSDP programmes have both subsidised and self-financing places. Students applying for the self-financing places should submit applications to the relevant institutions direct, or make use of the Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-APP). Please approach the relevant institutions for more information.

3. If students wish to apply for non-SSSDP places/programmes offered by The Open University of Hong Kong via JUPAS, they should note that the self-financing programmes of The Open University of Hong Kong will be listed under “Self-Financing” by funding category with a JUPAS Programme Code different from the same programmes under SSSDP.

4. SSSDP participating institutions may consider non-JUPAS applications1 for subsidised places under SSSDP programmes after the JUPAS Subsequent Round offer, provided that there are unfilled subsidised places. SSSDP participating institutions will announce on their websites number of remaining subsidised places for each SSSDP programme at 10:00am, 26 August 2017. Non-JUPAS local applicants may submit applications to the relevant institutions direct before 5:00pm, 28 August 2017. Participating institutions may admit local students via direct admission to no more than 10% of the subsidised places of each SSSDP programmes.

Students should consider their own interests and abilities when choosing a suitable programme. For more information on SSSDP, please visit


1. Non-JUPAS applicants refer to students who are not eligible for registration under JUPAS.  They are usually students with qualifications other than HKDSE Examination results; and those currently enrolling in a full-time bachelor’s degree or sub-degree programme.

February 2017

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Last Review Date: 13/02/2017