PolyU Financial Assistance Scheme
Aim of the Scheme
The Student Affairs Office administers a number of bursaries and interest-free loans which are intended to provide supplementary assistance to students whose necessary expenses cannot be covered by the government's Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) and the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT) and/or their family/personal resources.
Source of Funds
The funds are made available by the generous donations of private organizations and individuals. With the unfailing support from our donors, as of 31 July 2013, a total of 4.7 million dollars of bursaries and loans were offered to needy students in 2012/13. Of which 2.6 million dollars were allocated through the PolyU Financial Assistance Scheme.
Local full-time government-funded students with demonstrable financial difficulties are eligible to apply. Students however are reminded that the government schemes are the main sources of financial support and they should attempt to have made full use of TSFS and/or NLSFT before they apply for this Scheme.
Form and Level of Assistance
Assistance may be in the form of bursary (助學金) (no repayment needed) and/or interest-free loan (免息貸款). The level of assistance offered to each successful applicant is normally determined by the extent to which the applicant's tuition fee and basic living expenses cannot be covered by government assistance and his/her family/personal resources, as well as the funds available for disbursement.
In 2012/13, 341 out of 522 applications (65%) were successful under the PolyU FA Scheme. The average amount of assistance was approximately HK$7,600. The bursary amount normally ranged from HK$1,000 to HK$10,000 while the loan amount ranged from HK$7,000 to HK$20,000.
When and Where to apply
An annual centralised application exercise is in use to process application for financial assistance under the PolyU Financial Assistance Scheme. Application period is normally from summer to the commencement of an academic year.
News about 2013/14 Application
Application period for 2013/14 exercise is ended. All applications received are now being processed. Applicants would receive the initial result by email on or before 11 November 2013 (Monday).
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Student Support and Amenities Section
Student Affairs Office
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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