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Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors

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Objectives

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (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.

 

As announced in the 2017 Policy Address, SSSDP has been regularised from 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 undergraduate programmes will also receive the subsidy from the 2018/19 academic year.

 

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.

 

It has been announced in the 2018 Policy Address that starting from the 2019/20 academic year, about 2 000 students per cohort will be subsidised to pursue designated full-time locally accredited self-financing sub-degree programmes in selected disciplines. Eligible continuing local students of the designated sub-degree programmes will also receive the subsidy.

 

Eligible Programmes

Eligible programmes must meet the following requirements –

  1. the programmes must be full-time locally accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes / sub-degree 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.


Subsidy

SSSDP will continue to be administered by a two-tier arrangement.

Undergraduate Programmes

 

In the 2019/20 academic year, a subsidy of up to $72,800 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a laboratory-based undergraduate programme while a subsidy of up to $41,700 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to an undergraduate programme that is not laboratory-based.

 

The Government announced on 4.9.2019 that the subsidy amounts of SSSDP in the 2020/21 academic year will be adjusted upward according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The annual subsidy amounts for laboratory-based undergraduate programmes and non-laboratory-based undergraduate programmes will be increased to $74,600 and $42,800 respectively.

 

Sub-degree Programmes

 

In the 2019/20 academic year, a subsidy of up to $36,400 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a laboratory-based sub-degree programme while a subsidy of up to $20,850 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a sub-degree programme that is not laboratory-based.

 

The Government announced on 9.10.2019 that the subsidy amounts of SSSDP in the 2020/21 academic year will be adjusted upward according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The annual subsidy amounts for laboratory-based sub-degree programmes and non-laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $37,300 and $21,400 respectively.

 

 

 


Last Review Date: 09/10/2019