Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Financial assistance mainly comes from two sources, the government and PolyU. Students are strongly advised to ensure their eligibility in applying for different financial assistance schemes.
The government has two main schemes for local full-time students in government-funded programmes: The Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) and The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT).
The TSFS is a means-tested scheme that offers grants for tuition fees and academic expenses, and loans for living expenses. The NLSFT offers interest-bearing loans to eligible students to cover tuition fees. The NLSFT loans are not means-tested - there is no assessment of your family's income and assets. Application periods for current students and new students for the coming academic year fall in April and September, respectively.
In addition, PolyU operates financial assistance schemes for local full-time students in government-funded programmes. The schemes are means-tested which offer bursary and/or interest-free loan donated by generous donors to eligible needy students.
Non-local students are not eligible to apply for financial assistance from both the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and PolyU. Please therefore secure sufficient funds before embarking on studies at PolyU.
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Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Admittees
PolyU accords recognition to outstanding HKDSE students admitted to its full-time undergraduate programmes and grants them scholarships of various amounts offered by the University, HKSAR Government or donors on the basis of academic merit or non-academic achievements (e.g. with prizes/awards received in internationally recognised competitions).
How can I apply for a University scholarship?
There is no need for students to apply separately for entry scholarships. The University will identify outstanding applicants, and will inform you of the award of scholarships after the commencement of the school term.
Who is eligible?
All outstanding local admittees^ to our full-time undergraduate programmes will be considered for academic or non-academic scholarships.
Academic Scholarships for HKDSE Students
A University scholarship is guaranteed if you are a current year Secondary Six local student taking the HKDSE at your first attempt, meet the University's General Entrance Requirements for admission to full-time Bachelor's Degree programmes, and fulfil any one of the following requirements:
|Tier||HKDSE Requirements#||Scholarship Amount|
|1||Level 5** in 5 subjects or above||Renewable full-tuition scholarship (subject to meeting the required conditions for scholarship renewal) plus a one-off allowance of HK$35,000|
|2||Level 5** in 4 subjects||One-off full-tuition scholarship plus an allowance of HK$15,000|
|3||Level 5** in 3 subjects||One-off full-tuition scholarship|
|4||Level 5** in 2 subjects||One-off half-tuition scholarship|
Level 5** in 1 subject or
|One-off scholarship of HK$10,000|
# Students meeting more than one of the HKDSE requirements listed will be awarded the better tier of scholarship.
~ For the purpose of calculating the admission scores, HKDSE level attainments will be converted to level points where Level 5**=8.5, 5*=7, 5=5.5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2, 1=1 and Unclassified=0.
You may be awarded a non-academic scholarship if you are a local student who have met the University's General Entrance Requirements for degree/higher diploma programmes and have very outstanding achievements in a non-academic area (such as art, leadership, music, sports or service) or have applied via the Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS) or are nominated via School Principal's Nominations (SPN). The non-academic scholarships range from HK$10,000 to the annual tuition fee, renewable subject to meeting the required conditions.
Notwithstanding the above, you will only be considered for your Band A programme choices (as of early March 2020 for OSRS and 20 May 2020 for SPN/Outstanding Non-academic Achievements). Any favourable consideration is valid only when the programmes remain in your Band A choices after the final reprioritisation of choices.
Post-entry Scholarships and Prizes
In addition to entry scholarships, post-entry scholarships and prizes, ranging in value from around HK$8,000 to HK$40,000 each, are normally available to full-time government-funded undergraduate students. These scholarships and prizes are usually awarded on academic merit and/or according to other specific conditions as stipulated by the donors. Some are specifically intended for overseas exchange so that students can broaden their professional knowledge and widen their personal horizons.
For most scholarships and prizes, candidates are nominated by the Heads of academic departments, but some scholarships and prizes are open to competition. For details, please visit here.
^ (1) A student can concurrently hold more than one scholarship administered by the University in an academic year if the total value of scholarships received by
him/her does not exceed his/her annual tuition fee payable plus an allowance of HK$40,000 unless otherwise stipulated.
(2) PolyU reserves the right to change the terms or withdraw the scholarships. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.