Only payments made for tuition fees for reimbursable courses, and examination fees for taking designated benchmark tests / examinations (if applicable) in respect of language proficiency courses are reimbursable expenses.
Eligible applicant can apply for fees reimbursement upon the successful completion of a CEF reimbursable course and pass a specified benchmark test (if applicable) at the specified (or higher) level before reaching the age of 71. The examination date of the benchmark test must fall after the course commencement date of the reimbursable course used for claiming CEF, and the applicant must submit the application within one year upon the successful completion of the courses.
Any other fees, such as late charges and change of course fee charges, etc. are not reimbursable.
Applicant may submit an unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of fees for CEF reimbursable courses commenced on or
after 1 April 2019 before reaching the age of 71. Each claim may include one or more than one CEF reimbursable course. Each eligible
applicant is entitled to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 subsidy in respect of all CEF reimbursable courses pursued.
In respect of any courses, modules or units of study credits for which the fees are to be reimbursed, the applicant must not have obtained any other public funds or assistance under any other publicly-funded financial assistance schemes for the same course, such as pursuing courses funded by the University Grants Committee, grants or loans from the “Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students” administered by the Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFO, WFSFAA), subsidy from the “Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong” or “Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions / Sectors”, etc.
If loans for tuition fee payments obtained from Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS) administered by SFO, WFSFAA are borrowed to meet the payment of fees for a CEF reimbursable course, the fees may be eligible for reimbursement subject to other eligibility criteria being met.
The CEF reimbursement would be used to offset any outstanding NLS loans so borrowed by the applicant for paying the tuition fee in respect of the same course. Any remaining balance of the CEF reimbursement after offsetting the loan amount will be credited to the designated account of the applicant.