Overview on Financial Assistance
To provide financial support to local needy students, the Student Finance Office (SFO) [學生資助處], under the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) of the Hong Kong SAR Government, provides a number of financial assistance schemes, namely Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS), Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT), Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary students (FASP), Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) as well as Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS), which is the paramount source of financial support for needy students.
The University also offers bursaries and loans which are donated by individuals, private organizations, professional bodies or academic departments to full-time local students who face financial hardship or whose financial needs are inadequately met by the Government Grants and/or Loans. In general, the University Bursaries and Loans are to supplement the financial assistance provided by the Government, needy students should first apply for the Government Grants and Loans.
The University Bursaries and Loans are open for applications in September. However, students with emergency needs arising from sudden change in financial conditions may apply for an emergency fund throughout the academic year via Student Development Services.