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Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

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Important Notice

  1. Community Care Fund (CCF) Assistance Programme - Additional Academic Expenses Grant provided by Community Care Fund

    The Commission on Poverty approved on 12 June 2014 the allocation of funds from the Community Care Fund (CCF) for providing an additional academic expenses grant up to $2,000 for each eligible recipient of FASP assistance in each academic year between 2014/15 and 2016/17. The SFAA will be responsible for the payment of the grant. For details, please visit: http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/eng/schemes/ccf_aae.htm  

  2. Community Care Fund (CCF) Assistance Programme - Providing Hostel Subsidy for Needy Undergraduate Students

    The Commission on Poverty approved on 12 June 2014 the allocation of funds from the Community Care Fund (CCF) for providing subsidy for needy students of degree programmes to meet student hostel expenses from 2014/15 to 2016/17 academic years. The SFAA will be responsible for the payment of the subsidy. It is expected that the two instalments of the subsidy for the 2014/15 academic year will be paid around February 2015 and July 2015, after verification with institutions in respect of the relevant students' fulfillment of the requisite residence requirement by the end of each semester.

    For details, please visit: http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/eng/schemes/ccf_hs.htm.

 

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Eligibility

You are eligibile to apply for FASP in the 2014/15 academic year if you :

(1) are a registered full-time student, aged 30 or below (i.e. born on or after 1 September 1983);
(2) are engaged in full-time locally-accredited self-financing post-secondary education programmes at sub-degree (i.e. associate degree, higher diploma and/or professional diploma) level or degree level;
(3) have not accepted financial assistance under any other publicly-funded student financial assistance scheme (e.g. the Continuing Education Fund (CEF)) for the programme/course covered by the application in the same academic year; and
(4) have the right of abode in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong) or have resided or have had your home in Hong Kong continuously for 3 complete years immediately prior to the commencement of the course. This does not cover students staying in Hong Kong holding student visas.

Remarks

  1. Your eligibility is restricted to only one eligible full-time course in any one academic year.
  2. If you are eligible to apply for assistance under FASP in the 2014/15 academic year, you may also apply for subsidy under the Student Travel Subsidy (STS) Scheme. Please refer to Appendix I of Part III of the FASP Guidance Notes for details.
  3. If you are eligible to apply for assistance under FASP in the 2014/15 academic year, you are also eligible to apply for assistance under the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS). The NLSPS provides non-means-tested loan(s) to students to meet tuition fees. For details of the NLSPS, pleases refer to Appendix II of Part III of the Guidance Notes or NLSPS Guidance Notes [NLSPS/1B(2014)](http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/eng/public/index.htm#nlsps).
  4. If there is change of your student status, you may no longer be eligible for the assistance under the FASP. Upon the change is confirmed, you should immediately notify the SFAA in writing and be prepared for the repayment of the overpaid assistance, if any.

 

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Details and Enquiries

For details of the FASP, please visit the SFAA homepage at : http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/eng/schemes/fasp.htm.

For enquiries (e.g. check progress of your application), you may contact relevant section of the SFAA through mail, fax, email or phone call.

Address :

Room 1201, 12/F, Trade and Industry Department Tower, 700 Nathan Road, Kowloon (Application Processing Unit)

Room 121, 1/F, Trade and Industry Department Tower, 700 Nathan Road, Kowloon (Payment Unit)

Room M12B, M/F, Trade and Industry Department Tower, 700 Nathan Road, Kowloon (Student Loan Unit)

Room M12A, M/F, Trade and Industry Department Tower, 700 Nathan Road, Kowloon (Deferment, Default and Recovery Unit)

Office hours : Mon - Fri  8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; except public holidays

FASP enquiry number during office hours : 2152 9000 (General Enquiry) / 3755 3155 (Payment Unit)

24-hour automated enquiry hotline : 2802 2345

Fax number : 2157 9520 (General Enquiry) / 2157 9532 (Payment Unit)

E-mail address : wg@sfaa.gov.hk

 

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Calculation of Financial Assistance

Your eligibility for financial assistance depends on the financial position of your family. In 2014/15, your level of assistance will be determined by a two-tier means test, details as follows-

(1)

First, compare your Adjusted Family Income (AFI) against the Ready Reckoner to get the first percentage of grant / loan, then apply this percentage to (i) the tuition fee payable; (ii) academic expenses grant capped at HK$4,940 in 2014/15; and (iii) basic living expenses loan capped at HK$42,520 in 2014/15;

(2)

Second, compare the Net Asset Value of your family against the Sliding Scale of Asset Value for Discounting Financial Assistance to get the discount factor of grant / loan, then adjust the level of grant/loan calculated under paragraph (1) by the discount factor to get your final level of grant and loan.  Please note that the level of tuition fees grant is subject to a ceiling of HK$71,580 in 2014/15.

You may have a rough idea of your entitled financial assistance by trying the Financial Calculator in the "SFAA E-link".

 

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2014/15 PolyU Programmes under the FASP

If you are local full-time student enrolling in one of the following PolyU Porgrammes in the coming year of 2014/15, you may be eligible to apply for FASP.

For completion of the FASP application form, please refer to the Course Coding Sheet(Information for 2014/15 will be uploaded to the SFAA’s webpage around early May 2014)

 Programmes

Double degree

Self-financed year of recognized double degree programme

Top-up degree **

06005 / 06405
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Ageing Studies

21045-FT*
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Accountancy

24029 / 24429
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Hotel Management

24030 / 24430
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Tourism Management

24037 / 24437
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Convention and Event Management

33081 / 33481
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Services Engineering

45087 / 45495-FTM
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Product Engineering with Marketing

72016-FT* / 72416
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Bilingual Studies

 

Not all students of these mixed-mode programmes are eligible for FASP/NLSPS, please contact us at 2766 5419 to ensure your eligibility 
**  Please seek assistance from your Department / School to estimate your no. of credits to be taken in 2014/15 and then to issue a letter to certify your full-time student status and tuition fee level (showing applicant's name, student no., full-time student status, year and name of the course taken and the tuition fee level in 2014/15).

  

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2014/15 Documents and Forms

Guidance Notes, Sample, documents and forms related to the FASP can be downloaded from http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/eng/public/index.htm#fasp(Information for 2014/15 will be uploaded to the SFAA’s webpage around early May 2014)

Application Form

From early May 2014, PolyU applicant can get the FASP application form from the Student Affairs Office at Room ST314, Core S (Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; except Public Holidays).

 

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2014/15 Application Period

(1) 

For eligible local full-time self-financed degree students admitted in 2013/14 and before

  Date
Time
Venue

:  28 - 30 May 2014 (Wed - Fri)
:  9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
:  Room ST314, Core S

     
 

Submission after the application period

If you want to submit late application after the above application period, you should write a letter addressed to the Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA) for explaining reason(s) of being late and submit it together with the completed application form and all the supporting documents to SAO at Room ST314 as soon as possible. (Submission time: Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; except Public Holidays.)  You would then be required to bring your late application with SAO's support to the SFAA`s Office in Mongkok during office hours.

     

(2)

For eligible new local full-time self-financed degree students admitteed in 2014/15

  Application period is in September 2014.  Please watch out for details nearer the time. 

  

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Reminder

(1)  At the time of submitting application, if you fail to report / attach the required information / supporting documents in / to your application form, and the information/supporting document is only reported / provided upon the SFAA’s enquiry, this would be treated as a misrepresentation and/or omission in your application;
(2) In case there is / are supporting document(s) not yet available, you must fully state in the part “Additional Information by Applicant”.  Once the said document(s) is/are available, you must take the initiative to submit it/them immediately to the SFAA by fax/mail/in person.
(3) Any misrepresentation or omission may lead to rejection of your application(s) and / or full recovery of financial assistance already offered.  You and your family members may also be prosecuted.
(Reference : FASP - Importance of Providing True and Complete Information)

 

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General Enquiries

For assistance from the Student Affairs Office,
please contact:-
Student Support and Amenities Section
Student Affairs Office
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Room ST314

Tel.:

3400 3762

Email:

safaship@polyu.edu.hk

 

 



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