Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)


SSSDP was launched as a new initiative under the 2014 Policy Address to subsidise about 1 000 students per cohort starting from the 2015/16 academic year to pursue designated full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes in selected disciplines.

It has been announced in the 2017 Policy Address that SSSDP would be regularised in the 2018/19 academic year with an increase in the number of subsidised places to about 3 000 per cohort. Current students of the eligible places of designated programmes will also receive the subsidy from the 2018/19 academic year onwards.

The Scheme aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places by leveraging the supply of the self-financing sector;
  2. To nurture talent in support of specific industries with 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.


Eligible programmes must meet the following requirements –

  1. the programmes must be full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes;
  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; and
  3. The actual annual tuition fees payable by students should include downward adjustment to reflect the subsidy under the Scheme.


SSSDP will continue to be administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to $70,000 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a laboratory-based programme while a subsidy of up to $40,000 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a programme that is not laboratory-based. The subsidy is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned (i.e. four to five years) and will be disbursed to the relevant institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible students. Student accepting the subsidised places will pay a tuition fee after subsidy. Students in need may still apply for student financial assistance from Student Finance Office in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable.