ALL applications for Government financial assistance schemes are vetted by the Student Finance Office (SFO) under the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA), HKSAR Government, and all the financial assistance provided is from public fund.
*** With effect from 1 March 2015, Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA) has been renamed as Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA). Therefore, all references to “Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA)” should be taken to refer to the Student Financial Office.
Please be careful NOT to mix up the name with our Finance Office (FO) in our University, who deals with students’ tuition fee payment.
Eligibility for Different Financial Assistance Schemes
Eligibility of individual student for specific financial assistance scheme is subject to SFO’s consideration. In general, the schemes are applicable to local students (students staying in Hong Kong holding student visas are NOT eligible) in different study modes / funding sources as follows
(Click HERE for details of different schemes)
@ Students registered in the programmes listed in the course coding sheets may apply for FASP / NLSPS.
* Local students who have the right of abode in Hong Kong or have resided or have had your home in Hong Kong continuously for three complete years prior to the commencement of the study programme/course.
** Local students who have the right of abode in Hong Kong (an alphabet “A” should be shown on the front side of your Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card) or have resided or have had your home in Hong Kong continuously for three complete years immediately prior to the commencement of the programme/course.
Tertiary Student Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)
Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT)
Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)
Extended Non-means Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) (for students who are NOT covered under the TSFS and FASP)
Other Useful Information
I) General Application Deadlines
- For Current Undergraduate / Higher Diploma Students
- For New Undergraduate / Higher Diploma Students
- For Postgraduate Students (full-time publicly-funded programmes)
- For Students not covered by TSFS / FASP
IMPORTANT NOTES to NEW Students (for TSFS/NLSFT/FASP/NLSPS only):
When you just enter the University as a new student, all applications for Government financial assistance are submitted in around Aug/Sep. All continuing students’ applications should be submitted in around Apr/May. E.g. You are a new student in AY2014/15 and you submit an application for AY2014/15 financial assistance in Sept 2014, and you will be submitting your application for AY2015/16 in Apr 2015, when you are still in your first year of study (NOT in Sept 2015).
Please check your student emails, posters on campus and our website regularly for updates and reminder.
II) Maximum Grant and Loan (TSFS) (FASP)
- Tertiary Student Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)
- Financial Assistance Scheme for Post Secondary Student (FASP)
III) Calculator for Estimating the Amount of Assistance (TSFS) (FASP)
- Click on the link for the calculator in the SFO website here and choose the scheme accordingly.
IV) Special arrangements for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
A CSSA recipient will be excluded from the CSSA Scheme if he receives financial assistance from the Student Finance Office (SFO). If an applicant of TSFS / FASP has financial difficulties in the period between cessation of CSSA and receipt of financial assistance from the SFO, he may approach staff of the concerned Social Security Field Unit under the Social Welfare Department for assistance. Under the special arrangement, CSSA (excluding the tuition fee for post-secondary programme) can continue to be paid to the student in need on a “loan” basis for this maintenance. In other words, the applicant has to refund the CSSA payment for that period once he receives financial assistance from the SFO. (This information is printed on the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers of the Guidance Notes of TSFS and FASP.)
Government Grant and Loan
Q: Am I eligible to apply for the government grant / loan?
Q: When shall I apply for government grant / loan?
Q: I am not satisfied with the government grant / loan result. Can I make an appeal?
Q: I have changed my residential address. Should I inform the Student Finance Office?
Student Travel Subsidy
Q: Am I eligible to apply for the Student Travel Subsidy?
Q: How can I apply for the Student Travel Subsidy?
Tuition Fee Deferral
Q: Am I eligible to apply for Tuition Fee Deferral?
Q: How can I apply for Tuition Fee Deferral?
Government – Student Finance Office (SFO)
Scholarships and Financial Aid (SFA) Unit
Phone: 34112307 / 34112302
Scholarships & Financial Aid Unit
Office of Student Affairs
Room WLB401, Level 4,
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies,
Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University
Mondays to Fridays – 9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays – Closed