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Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)


 專上學生資助計劃

 

 

 

 

 

Important Notice

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

At its meeting on 9 April 2019, the Commission on Poverty approved the Community Care Fund programme, namely increasing the academic expenses grant under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students, be extended for two academic years till 2020/21 along its existing parameters.

In the 2019/20 academic year, the maximum rate of the enhanced AE grant is HK$2,340 a year.  The actual amount of grant receivable by each eligible student is to be determined with respect to the student’s level of assistance assessed in the means test.

For details, please visit: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/ccf/aeg/overview.htm.  

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

At its meeting on 9 April 2019, the Commission on Poverty approved that the Community Care Fund programme, namely the hostel subsidy for needy undergraduates, be extended for two academic years till 2020/21 along its existing parameters. 

In the 2019/20 academic year, the maximum rate of the hostel subsidy is HK$9,430 a year.  The subsidy is to be disbursed on a semester basis. The actual amount of subsidy receivable by each eligible undergraduate is to be determined with respect to the student’s level of assistance assessed in the means test. The basis for determining the subsidy payable will be the actual hostel fee payable (after deducting any other hostel subsidies or waivers) or HK$9,430 per year / HK$4,715 per semester, whichever is lower.

For details, please visit: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/ccf/hs/overview.htm.

3.   Community Care Fund (CCF) Assistance Programme - Enhancing the academic expenses grant for students with special educational needs pursuing post-secondary programmes 

 

 

The Commission on Poverty approved on 27 March 2015 the allocation of funds from the Community Care Fund (CCF) for enhancing the academic expenses (AE) grant for post-secondary students with special educational needs (SEN) and financial needs in order to strengthen the support for these students from 2015/16 to 2017/18.  At its meeting held on 21 June 2018, the CoP agreed to extend the programme for three academic years from 2018/19 till 2020/21. The programme will continue to operate on its existing parameters.

Eligible student is required to submit the completed request form with supporting document to the Student Finance Office (SFO) by 31 Dec 2019.  Each eligible student will be offered an additional academic expenses grant of up to HK$8,910 in 2019/20 academic year. The actual amount of subsidy receivable is to be determined with respect to the student’s level of assistance assessed in the means test of the Student Finance Office (SFO).

For more information, please visit: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/ccf/sen/overview.htm.

4.   Working Family Allowance Scheme (WFA)

 

 

The Working Family Allowance Scheme is a government assistance scheme that supports the low-income working families, particularly those with children, with a view to encouraging self-reliance and easing inter-generational poverty.  Under the Scheme, a household (including singleton households) meeting the  hour requirements, income and asset limits may apply for a Basic Allowance, Medium Allowance or Higher Allowance. Each eligible child (aged below 15 or, aged between 15 and 21 receiving full-time education but not post-secondary education) may also be eligible for a Child Allowance. 

For more information of the WFA Scheme, please visit the Working Family Allowance Office’s website at wfa.gov.hk.

5.   Expediting the processing of applications from post-secondary students whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)
   

In order to simplify the steps of completing the application for Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP), student of families in receipt of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) as below (i) or (ii) are not required to input the income and assets information of his/her family in the simplified form for CSSA family :  

(i)  he/she or his/her parents/spouse received CSSA for the whole assessment period (i.e. 1.4.2018 to 31.3.2019) OR
(ii)  he/she or his/her parents/spouse are currently receiving CSSA.  

The SFO may contact the applicant if supplementary information/documents are required. For more details, you may refer to
https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/pdf/common/news/cssa_eng.pdf.

   
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Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for FASP in the 2019/20 academic year if you :

(1) are a registered full-time student, aged 30 or below (i.e. born on or after 1 September 1988);
(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*

(Remarks: This does not cover students holding –
  • student visas/entry permits;
  • visas /entry permits under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates; or
  • dependant visas/entry permits which were issued to them by the Director of Immigration when they were 18 years old or above.)
*If you do not have the right of abode in Hong Kong (without the alphabet "A" beneath the Date of Birth field of the Hong Kong Identity Card), you should also provide a copy of your entry permits to Hong Kong, e.g. one-way permit/dependant visa, etc., with your applications.

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 2019/20 academic year, you may also apply for subsidy under the Student Travel Subsidy (STS) Scheme. Please refer to Appendix II of Part III of the FASP Guidance Notes for details.
  3. If you are eligible to apply for assistance under FASP in the 2019/20 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 NLSPS Guidance Notes.
  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 Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) 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 Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) homepage at : http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/fasp/overview.htm.

 SFO YouTube Channel for introduction of FASP & NLSPS

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

Address : 4/F, Trade and Industry Tower, 3 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Kowloon

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); 2150 9000 (Application Processing Unit); 3755 3155 (Offer Calculation and Notification Unit); 3102 3027 / 3102 3026 (Payment Unit)

24-hour automated enquiry hotline : 2802 2345

Fax number : 2157 9520 (General Enquiry); 2157 9520 (Application Processing Unit); 2157 9532 (Offer Calculation and Notification Unit); 2511 2657 (Payment Unit)

E-mail address : wg_sfo@wfsfaa.gov.hk

 
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Calculation of Financial Assistance

Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be eligible for a grant and/or loan ranged from 0% to 100% of the maximum grant/loan.

The maximum grant is derived from the tuition fee (capped at HK$84,230 in the 2019/20 academic year) and academic expenses (up to HK$5,810).  It thus varies according to the course of studies pursued. On the other hand, the maximum loan is the same for all students and is intended to help towards students' living expenses.

As to what percentage of the maximum grant/loan an applicant may obtain, it is calculated according to a two-tier means-testing mechanism.

In the first tier (i.e. the income test), an Adjusted Family Income (AFI) is derived for the applicant by the following formula:

        Gross annual income of the family 
AFI  ------------------------------------------------------------- 
           Number of family members + 1

(For single-parent families of 2 to 3 members, the "plus 1 factor" will be increased to 2)

The AFI will then be applied to a Ready Reckoner that sets out the percentage of the maximum amount of grant/loan in relation to each AFI group.

The amount of grant/loan derived from the income test will then be subject to the second tier asset test (i.e. the asset test), which involves an adjustment in accordance with the Asset Sliding Scale.

If you wish to obtain a rough estimate of the amount of assistance that you may receive, you may use the "Financial Calculator" on the "SFO E-link" for reference.

Step 1

Step 2

 
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2019/20 PolyU Programmes under the FASP

If you are local full-time student enrolling in one of the following PolyU Programmes in 2019/20, you may be eligible to apply for FASP.

For completion of the FASP online application form, please refer to the Course Coding Sheet (Top-up Degreee Programmes). 

 Programmes
Top Up degree*
 24460
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Hotel Management
24461
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Tourism Management
24462
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Convention and Event Management 
   
*  If you are not sure how many paid credits you will take in 2019/20, please clarify with your Department before submitting the e-application.

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2019/20 Grant and Loan Entitlement for PolyU Students

The maximum level of financial assistance varies according to the course of studies pursued. The maximum level of financial assistance under FASP is made up of the following components:

(a) a grant for the annual tuition fee payable for the accredited programme subject to a ceiling of HK$84,230 for the 2019/20 academic year. 

(b) academic expenses grant up to HK$5,810; and 

(c) living expenses loan up to HK$51,470. 

The ceilings for tuition fees grant, academic expenses grant and living expenses loan will be reviewed annually. 

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Submitting Application for 2019/20

Eligible applicants can submit online application for the 2019/20 “Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)” via the online platform “SFO E-link – My Applications” (ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk).  The official application deadline is 14 June 2019 (Fri).

Before filling in the e-application form, applicant can refer to the Online demonstration (https://ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk/demo/en/fasp) for reference.  Besides, Guidance Notes and documents related to the FASP can also be downloaded from the SFO webpage : https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/fasp/application/forms.htm

Late submission after the official deadline

Eligible applicants may try to submit late application for 2019/20 FASP via "SFO E-link - My Applications" (ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk) as soon as possible.  However, late application may lead to late release of entitled assistance, if any, Also, the SFO will accord priority to those applications with complete information submitted on or before the deadline. 

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Submitting Required Document for 2019/20

After submitting online application form, you must submit the signed declaration and required supporting documents to the SFO within 7 days by one of the following methods:

1. online upload via “SFO E-link – My Applications” - ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk  (file in PDF or JPEG format, max capacity 20 MB - about 50 pages of black and white A4 size paper.  If you have more than 50 pages of documents, instead of uploading the documents partially, they are encouraged to adopt other means to submit the documents in one go.); or
2. by post or by hand to the government's Student Finance Office (SFO) - 12/F, One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Road,  Kowloon (Attn: Applications Team (FASP)).
(Underpaid mail items will not be accepted. If you submit your supplementary information by post, please ensure sufficient postage is paid and provide a return address on the back of the envelope. Otherwise, your mail may not be delivered to the SFO. For details and calculation of postage rates, please visit the Hong Kong Post’s website: http://www.hongkongpost.hk/eng/postage/index.htm.)

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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 SFO’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 Step 12 “Information / Supporting Document(s) Not Yet Available”.  Once the said document(s) is/are available, you must take the initiative to submit it/them immediately to the SFO 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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 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

 

Extracted from 2019/20 FASP Guidance Notes, pages 87-94 (Part III - Appendix IX)

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General Enquiries
For assistance from the Centre STARS, please contact :  Room QT308, 3/F (Entrance at Core T)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tel. : 3400 3764
Email : stars.fa@polyu.edu.hk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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