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Undergraduate Programmes


Q1. What disciplines and undergraduate programmes are covered under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)?
A1. In consultation with relevant Bureaux, we have determined the disciplines, undergraduate programmes and number of subsidised places under SSSDP for the cohort to be admitted in the2022/23 academic year. The undergraduate programmes supported by SSSDP fall under 10 disciplines that have been identified to have keen manpower demand, namely Architecture and Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Industries, Financial Technology, Health Care, Insurance, Logistics, Sports and Recreation, Testing and Certification and Tourism and Hospitality. For details, please refer to the programmes overview.
Q2. Which institutions will participate in SSSDP for undergraduate programmes? 
A2. In the 2022/23 academic year, participating institutions under SSSDP include Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Chu Hai College of Higher Education,  Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Tung Wah College, UOW College Hong Kong and Vocational Training Council - Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong.
Q3. What are the eligibility criteria for SSSDP undergraduate programmes?

Eligible programmes must meet the following requirements –

  • the programmes must be full-time locally accredited self-financing undergraduate local programmes; and
  • 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 keen demand for human resources.
Q4. Are non-Chinese speaking students covered under SSSDP for undergraduate prorgammes?

SSSDP covers non-Chinese speaking students. The application arrangement of the subsidised places of the undergraduate programmes is the same as the other programmes under Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). Participating institutions of the SSSDP for undergraduate programmes accepts General Certificate of Education (GCE) - Chinese, General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) - Chinese and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) – Chinese as well as Applied Learning Chinese subject in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) as an alternative Chinese language qualifications.

Q5. How is the subsidy under SSSDP for undergraduate programmes administered?

The unit subsidy is administered by a two-tier arrangement.  In the 2021/22 academic year, a subsidy of up to $44,100 is provided to undergraduate programmes which are non-laboratory-based while a subsidy of up to $76,800 is provided to laboratory-based undergraduate programmes.

In the 2022/23 academic year, the annual subsidy amounts for non-laboratory-based undergraduate programmes and laboratory-based undergraduate programmes will be adjusted upward to $44,240 and $77,040 respectively according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index.  The subsidy is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned (i.e. four to five years) and will be disbursed to the participating institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible students for the downward adjustment in tuition fees.

Q6. Are the tuition fees of SSSDP programmes regulated?
A6. Tuition fees of the programmes should generally be set with reference to the existing fee level with adjustments allowed for price movement in accordance with the Composite Consumer Price Index announced by the Government and enhancement in teaching and learning if needed with full justifications. The actual tuition fees payable by students should reflect the subsidy under SSSDP.
Q7. Can applicants modify their programme choices after the announcement of JUPAS offers?
A7. No. SSSDP will follow the application procedures and ways to change the programme choices under JUPAS.
Q8. Are non-HKDSE students eligible to apply for subsidised undergraduate programmes under SSSDP?

The places of the subsidised undergraduate programmes under SSSDP will be allocated mainly through JUPAS. Target applicants are HKDSE students. Should there be unfilled places after all admission rounds under JUPAS, participating institutions are allowed to admit non-JUPAS local students via direct admission of no more than 10% of the subsidised places of each selected programme so as to maximise the use of subsidised places under the SSSDP for nurturing talent in support of sectors with keen and urgent demand for human resources. 


For the admission arrangement in the 2021/22 academic year, participating institutions may start admitting non-JUPAS local students for individual programmes after the Main Round of JUPAS, or after all admission rounds of JUPAS, depending on the intakes of individual programmes.  For details of the admission arrangements of individual programmes, non-JUPAS local students should refer to the relevant institutions’ websites. 


The admission arrangement for non-JUPAS local students in the 2022/23 academic year will be announced in due course.

Q9. Can students admitted to the subsidised places under SSSDP apply for student finance?
A9. Students in need who are admitted to the subsidised places under SSSDP can apply for student financial assistance from the Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable (i.e. tuition fees payable after deduction of the subsidy).
Q10. Are SSSDP students required to work in designated sectors after graduation?
A10. SSSDP aims to increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places, nurture talent in support of specific industries in broadening and diversifying study opportunities, and offer more opportunities and wider choices for senior secondary graduates to pursue higher education. We encourage those students from the subsidised programmes under SSSDP to pursue careers in those related sectors after graduation. However, we would not impose any restriction in this regard.
Q11. Is the list of subsidised programmes the same every year?
A11. The programmes and number of subsidised places under SSSDP will be subject to annual review in consultation with relevant bureaux taking into account the social and economic development in Hong Kong and the needs of the industries.
Q12. SSSDP for undergraduate programmes has been regularised in the 2018/19 academic year and current students of the designated programmes will also receive the subsidy from the 2018/19 academic year onwards. Who would be considered as current students?
A12. Current students refer to all students who commenced their studies from Year 1 of a designated programme before the programme was designated.
Q13. Are non-local students covered under the SSSDP?
A13. Non-local students are not covered under the SSSDP.

Last Review Date: 16/11/2021