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FAQs

There have been views in the community that the Government should step up subsidisation for local students who attain “3322” in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) to pursue degree education. The objective of the NMTSS is to leverage on the supply of self-financing post-secondary institutions to allow more eligible secondary school graduates to be subsidised in pursuit of undergraduate programmes.

On the other hand, many sub-degree students have worked very hard and strived for academic excellence. To subsidise more sub-degree graduates to articulate to relevant top-up degree programmes, eligible self-financing top-up degree programmes are also covered under the NMTSS.

The NMTSS covers full-time self-financing locally accredited local and non-local first-year-first-degree and top-up degree programmes offered by the eligible institutions1 . For details of the programmes and institutions, please refer to this webpage <www.cspe.edu.hk/nmtss>. Students who are enrolled in programmes not covered under NMTSS are not eligible for subsidy.


1 Including Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Centennial College, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Gratia Christian College, HKCT Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong Institute of Technology, Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Tung Wah College, the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong and the School for Higher and Professional Education under the Vocational Training Council, UOW College Hong Kong and Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (as in 2021/22 academic year).

The subsidy is applicable to Hong Kong students who have attained –

(a) “3322” in the HKDSE when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing first-year-first-degree programmes.

“3322” refers to level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language and level 2 for Mathematics Compulsory Part and Liberal Studies. Admission to individual programmes may require higher attainment and the latter shall prevail where appropriate.

(b) sub-degree qualifications (i.e. after completing relevant locally accredited Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes) when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing top-up degree programmes.

The following students are not eligible for subsidy–

(a) students who have already obtained degree qualifications; or

(b) students who are enrolling in any subsidised undergraduate or sub-degree programme (such as University Grants Committee-funded programmes, subvented programmes of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and SSSDP subsidised places).

If the relevant institutions accept applicants to use combined certificates in fulfilling the “3322” requirement, then these students are eligible for the subsidy.

If the relevant institutions accept applicants to use past HKDSE results, then these students are eligible for the subsidy.

When applying for eligible self-financing first-year-first-degree programmes, non-Chinese speaking students who sit in the HKDSE may use alternative Chinese language qualifications (e.g. Applied Learning Chinese subject in the HKDSE, GCE-Chinese (A-level/AS-level/O-level), GCSE-Chinese, or IGCSE-Chinese) to replace level 3 in Chinese Language. The NMTSS covers such non-Chinese speaking students.

Students holding Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) results that meet the minimum general entrance requirement for admission to undergraduate programmes, i.e. grade E in Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture, as well as grade E in at least two A-level subjects or equivalent (two AS-level subjects counted as one A-level subject) can also apply for the subsidy.

Students with qualifications like International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-level etc. but without “3322” in the HKDSE are not eligible for the subsidy when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing first-year-first-degree programme (please also see Q. 6 and 7).

Students holding Advanced Diploma or Professional Diploma but without relevant sub-degree qualifications (i.e. after completing relevant locally accredited Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes) when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing top-up degree programmes, are not eligible for subsidy.

Although the student holds a sub-degree qualification, as he/she does not meet the requirement of NMTSS for having attained “3322” in the HKDSE when he/she is enrolled in the first year of the eligible self-financing first-year-first-degree programme, he/she is not eligible for subsidy.

Graduates of part-time locally accredited sub-degree programmes are eligible for subsidy when they are enrolled in eligible full-time self-financing top-up degree programmes in relevant disciplines.

No. Students enrolling in first-year-first-degree undergraduate places need to obtain level 3 or above in English Language in the HKDSE to be eligible for the subsidy (please also see Q. 6).

Non-local students are not covered under the NMTSS.

Students who apply for the subsidy under NMTSS for the first time or students receiving the subsidy and going to change the programme of study for the first time are required to submit applications. Applications should be made through the eligible institutions to which students are admitted. The Education Bureau has made arrangements with the relevant institutions for students who wish to receive the subsidy to declare whether they are eligible for the NMTSS. Students (or their parents/guardians) should confirm their eligibility by completing the application form, preferably before paying the first instalment of tuition fees.

Students receiving the subsidy and will continue with the programme that they are pursuing are not required to re-submit the application every academic year but must inform the institutions concerned as soon as possible in case of subsequent changes to the information provided on the application form.

Eligible students only need to pay the tuition fees net of subsidy on a pro rata basis. After vetting students’ eligibility, subsidies will be disbursed to the relevant institutions based on their actual enrolment of eligible students.

The annual subsidy will be tenable for the normal duration of the relevant programmes. Both new and continuing students are eligible for subsidy. For details of normal duration of individual programmes, please refer to the websites of NMTSS (www.cspe.edu.hk/nmtss) or iPASS (www.cspe.edu.hk/en/ipass/index.html).

If students require more than the normal duration of a programme to graduate due to academic reasons such as retaking courses, taking extra credits, or participating in overseas exchange programmes, subsidy under the NMTSS is not tenable for the study period beyond the normal duration of the programme.

We will consider adjusting the subsidy amount annually in accordance with the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index.

Yes. Eligible students can still apply for financial assistance with the Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable.

Yes, but students can change programme once only after they start to receive subsidy under NMTSS.

A student having attained “3322” in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination and enrolling in a first-year-first-degree programme may change to another eligible first-year-first-degree programme of any discipline. If a student has attained sub-degree qualifications and is enrolling in a top-up degree programme, he/she can only change to another eligible top-up degree programme of a relevant discipline.

A mechanism has been put in place to monitor the annual increase in tuition fees of eligible programmes operated (e.g. allowing any increase of tuition fee up to the rate of Composite Consumer Price Index). For exceptional cases with full justifications for necessary improvements in teaching and learning, prior approval by the Education Bureau is required.

No, there is no age limit under the NMTSS. Nonetheless, students still need to meet the relevant eligibility requirements under the NMTSS.

The main objective of the NMTSS is to allow more eligible secondary school graduates to be subsidised in pursuit of undergraduate programmes.

Sub-degree graduates who wish to pursue further studies will be subsidised when they articulate to relevant eligible top-up degree programmes.