PolyU offers a scholarship scheme for outstanding students from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Details are available from our Study@PolyU website. In addition, there are also scholarships and prizes donated by private organizations, firms, professional bodies and individuals to the University.

Apart from scholarships, financial assistance from the government and PolyU is also available for those in need. Please visit the website of Centre STARS (Student Advancement and Resources) for more information about scholarships and financial assistance for students.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance Schemes of PolyU

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University recognizes the academic and/or non-academic achievements of our students through offering different types of scholarships to our students. Normally, these scholarships are awarded to current students pursuing full-time undergraduate programmes leading to PolyU awards (i.e. HKCC, SPEED, PolyU inbound exchange students are not eligible).

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers entry scholarships to students pursuing different programmes during admission. From time to time, a number of private organizations, firms, professional bodies and individuals donate to PolyU scholarships and prizes which are awarded to students with outstanding academic and/or non-academic achievements (such as achievements in extra-curricular activities and community services) during their studies at PolyU. Most of the scholarship/prize awardees are nominated by Heads of Academic Departments. However, a limited number of scholarships/prizes are open to application by students. Students may want to go abroad for higher education, some scholarships are made available to full-time current students to pursue one-semester or one-year overseas studies.

Also, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University organizes the Outstanding Students Award Scheme annually to award full-time final-year students who excel in both academic and non-academic pursuits during their studies. Each academic department under the purview of a faculty is to select an outstanding student to receive the “Outstanding Student Award of Department”. These outstanding students of academic department under the purview of the same faculty will then compete with each other for the “Outstanding Student Award of Faculty”, whilst the outstanding students selected by Schools not under the purview of a faculty will receive the “Outstanding Student Award of School”. Among these eight outstanding Faculty/School students, one will be further selected for the honour of the Most Outstanding PolyU Student of the Year.

The government’s Student Finance Office (SFO) administers different financial assistance schemes for PolyU’s eligible local students. Moreover, the Centre STARS (Student Advancement and Resources) of PolyU 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.

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 2015, around $5 million dollars of bursaries and loans were offered to needy students in 2014/15. Of which around 3 million dollars were allocated through the PolyU Financial Assistance Scheme.

Assistance may be in the form of bursary (no repayment needed) and/or interest-free loan. 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.

Funds donated by generous donors are also available to assist local full-time degree and sub-degree students facing dire financial difficulties caused by recent and unforeseen circumstances at any time of the academic year.