Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)

Objectives

In the 2014 Policy Address, the Chief Executive has announced a series of initiatives to broaden the opportunities for local students to receive higher education. A new subsidy scheme is introduced starting from the 2015/16 academic year to subsidise about 1 000 students per cohort to pursue designated full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes in selected disciplines to nurture talents to meet Hong Kong’s social and economic needs. The SSSDP aims to achieve the following objectives –

  1. to increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places by leveraging on the supply of the self-financing sector;
  2. to nurture talent in support of specific industries with urgent or keen demand for human resources;
  3. to encourage the self-financing education sector to offer programmes in selected disciplines that meet Hong Kong’s social and economic needs by providing targeted financial support; and
  4. 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.

Eligibility

Eligible programmes must meet the following requirements –

  1. the programmes must be full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes; and
  2. the programmes are included in a list of designated programmes nominated by relevant bureaux for the purpose of nurturing necessary talent in support of specific industries with urgent or keen demand for human resources.

Subsidy

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) will be made available to three cohorts of students starting from the 2015/16 academic year (i.e. those entering the first year of undergraduate studies in the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years) and then be subject to a review on its effectiveness.

The unit subsidy will be administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to $40,000 per academic year is provided to programmes which are not laboratory-based while a higher subsidy of up to $70,000 per academic year is provided to more costly programmes which are laboratory-based. The subsidy is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned (i.e. four to six years) and will be disbursed to the relevant institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible students subject to the quota for the designated programme. Students in need who are admitted to the subsidised places under the SSSDP may apply for student financial assistance in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable (i.e. the tuition fees payable after deduction of the subsidy).