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Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)

Please visit the government's webpage.

For details of the TSFS, please visit Student Finance Office (SFO)'s homepage at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/tsfs/overview.htm.

YouTube SFO YouTube Channel for introduction of TSFS

For enquiries (e.g. check progress of your application), you may wish to contact the government SFO:

Address : 11/F., Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon (near Exit C1 of Shamshuipo MTR station)

Office hours : Please refer to SFO’s updated service arrangements posted on its webpage

24-hour automated enquiry hotline : 2802 2345

TSFS enquiry number during office hours : 2152 9000

TSFS fax number : 2519 8512

E-mail address : wg_sfo@wfsfaa.gov.hk

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 for PolyU students is derived from the tuition fee and academic expenses. 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:

AFI

=

Gross annual income of the family

------------------------------------------------------

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.

For PolyU students, the level of grant and loan is calculated depending on the family's financial circumstances of the student's family (basically it is subject to student's Adjusted Family Income (AFI) and family asset level), the tuition fees payable and the discipline the student is studying. You may refer to the Maximum Grant and Loan Levels for PolyU students in 2022/23 for reference.
All the full-time government-funded PolyU programmes covered under the TSFS 2022/23 are stated on the Course Coding Sheet. You should check your course information stated on it for completion of Step 3, School Information, of the application form.

If you want to have an idea about financial assistance schemes applicable to you, you are welcome to join one of the following briefing sessions on financial assistance schemes conducted by PolyU Student Affairs Office (SAO).

 

POSS
Programme Code

Venue

Date / Time

Enrollment

SS-SF-SAO-SSA-U1-A

PolyU Room TU201

Language: Cantonese1

23 Aug 2022 (Tue)3/
2.30 pm - 5 pm

 Enrollment qr code

SS-SF-SAO-SSA-U1-B

Online (Zoom)2

Language: Cantonese1

2 Sept 2022 (Fri)3/
2.30 pm - 5 pm

 SS-SF-SAO-SSA-U1-C 7 Sept 2022 (Wed)3/
2.30 pm - 5 pm


1
If you want to get information about financial assistance in English, you may send an email with your contact information to sao.fa@polyu.edu.hk for arrangement.

Link for online briefing will be sent to registered participants through PolyU connect email account later.

3 When the Hong Kong Observatory announces that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above/Black Rainstorm Warning is likely to be hoisted/issued OR when the Signal/Warning is still hoisted/issued within 2 hours from the commencement of the briefing session, the briefing session will be cancelled.

 

Enrollment:

Please register to reserve a seat via the PolyU Online Student Services (POSS) from early Aug 2022. For enquiry, please call 3400 3764.


  • Starting from 20 Apr 2022, eligible applicants can submit electronic application for the 2022/23 “Tertiary Student Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)” via the online platform “SFO E-link – My Applications” (ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk).
  • After submitting online application form, you must submit the signed declaration and the required supporting documents to the SFO within 7 days.

 

(1) For local full-time government-funded students of taught programmes

  • The normal application period is over, however, you can consider submitting late application.
  • Late submission after the official deadline

"SFO E-link - My applications" (ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk) platform is open for online application until 31 Dec 2022. The online application forms will be removed and no online applications for the TSFS can be made after the said date. If you wish to apply for the TSFS, you should complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

 

(2) For local full-time government-funded research students

  • Starting from 2018/19 academic year, the Government has provided tuition waiver for all local students enrolled in UGC-funded Research Postgraduate (RPg) programmes (https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/tws.html). All local students enrolled in UGC-funded RPg programmes are provided with tuition waiver. Therefore, please note that eligible students who pass the means-test under TSFS will only be offered the academic expense grant and living expense loan, if any.
  • The normal application period is over, however, you can consider submitting late application.
  • Late submission after the official deadline

"SFO E-link - My applications" (ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk) platform is open for online application until 31 Dec 2022. The online application forms will be removed and no online applications for the TSFS can be made after the said date. If you wish to apply for the TSFS, you should complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

After submitting online application form, you must submit the signed declaration and required supporting documents 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 40 MB - about 100 pages of A4 paper in black and white. If you have more than 100 pages of documents, instead of uploading the documents partially, you are encouraged to adopt other means to submit the documents in one go.); or

2.

by mail or by hand to the gov't SFO Office - 12/F, One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon (Attn: Applications Team (TSFS))

If you submit the required documents by mail, please ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address before posting. Underpaid mail items are subject to surcharge by Hongkong Post. Underpaid mail items will be returned to the sender (with return address) or disposed of (without return address) by the Hongkong Post. For proper delivery of your mail items to the SFO, and to avoid unnecessary delivery delay or unsuccessful delivery, please ensure that your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address before postingFor details and calculation of postage rates, please visit the Hong Kong Post’s website: www.hongkongpost.hk/eng/postage/index.htm.); or

3.

by hand to the government SFO drop-in box at PolyU SAO (Room QT308, 3/F, Core T) between 19 Sept and 26 Oct 2022 (Collection time: Mon - Fri: 9 am to 12.30 pm & 2 pm to 5.45 pm; except public holidays).


1.

In case there is / are supporting document(s) not yet available, you must fully state in Step 12 “Additional Information”. 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.

2.

Please note that at the time of submitting application, if you fail to report / attach the required information / supporting documents in / to your application, and the information / supporting document is only reported / provided upon SFO’s enquiry, this would be treated as a misrepresentation and / or omission in your application. 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.

3.

Reference:
(1) "The Checklist on Documentary Proofs Required" / "證明文件清單" (TSFS/RM(2022))
(2) "Common Mistakes in Completing Application Forms" / "填表時常見的錯誤'' 


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