From the 2017/18 academic year, the Government provides a non-means-tested annual subsidy for eligible students pursuing full-time locally accredited local and non-local self-financing undergraduate (including top-up degree) programmes in Hong Kong (save for those enrolling in places already supported under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors) offered by eligible institutions. The Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong ("NMTSS") was one of the priority measures announced by the Chief Executive on 5 July 2017 to support quality education.
Under the NMTSS, a non-means-tested annual subsidy (up to $32,100 in the 2020/21 academic year and up to $33,100 in the 2021/22 academic year) will be provided to Hong Kong students who have attained –
(a) “3322” in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (i.e. level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language and level 2 for Mathematics Compulsory Part and Liberal Studies) when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing first-year-first-degree programmes; or
(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.
Both new and continuing students meeting the criteria are eligible for the subsidy, which is tenable for the normal duration of the programmes concerned and will be disbursed to the participating institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible students. Eligible students enrolling in the relevant programmes will pay a tuition fee after subsidy. Students in need may still apply for student financial assistance in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable.