Financial Assistance Schemes for Primary & Secondary Students

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The Student Finance Office administers various financial assistance schemes for needy primary and secondary students, including the School Textbook Assistance (TA) Scheme, the Student Travel Subsidy Scheme and the Subsidy Scheme for Internet Access Charges (SIA). Please click here for details of the schemes.

Details of Financial Assistance Schemes

  • The School Textbook Assistance Scheme provides assistance to needy Primary 1 to Secondary 6 students in government, aided, per caput grant schools and local schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme for covering the costs of essential textbooks and miscellaneous school-related expenses.

  • The Student Travel Subsidy Scheme provides travel subsidy to needy students attending primary or secondary school or a full-time day course up to first degree level in a recognised institution; residing more than 10 minutes’ walking distance away from their schools; and who need to travel to school by public transport.

  • The Subsidy Scheme for Internet Access Charges provides subsidy to needy families whose children are full-time students receiving education at primary or secondary level, or full-time students pursuing Diploma of Applied Education (DAE) programmes or equivalent courses of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) to meet the internet access charges for e-learning at home for their children (for example, the charges on broadband Internet service or SIM cards provided by operators of fixed or mobile telecommunications services). The subsidy is granted on a household basis. Eligible families will receive a family-based flat-rate cash grant, regardless of the number of children in the family.

  • Examination Fee Remission (EFR) Scheme provides assistance to needy and eligible students to attend the public examinations administered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA). Students have to apply for EFR to HKEAA through their schools