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Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme 2021/22

Introduction

The Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme (MUSSS) was launched by the Government to support Hong Kong students in pursuing undergraduate studies in the Mainland and ensure that no students will be deprived of post-secondary education opportunity due to a lack of means. The MUSSS comprises two components: “means-tested subsidy” (eligible students who have passed a means test will receive either a full-rate subsidy or a half-rate subsidy, depending on their needs) and “non-means-tested subsidy”. The Student Finance Office (SFO) under the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency will conduct the means tests for the families of students applying for “means-tested subsidy”. For the 2021/22 academic year, students who pass a means test will receive either a full-rate subsidy of HK$16,800 or half-rate subsidy of HK$8,400 per student per year. The subsidy is granted on a yearly basis. The subsidised period is the normal duration of the undergraduate programme pursued by the student concerned in a designated Mainland institution. As for the “non-means-tested subsidy”, please refer to the website of the EDB. Eligible applicants can only receive either a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy in a given academic year. The MUSSS is not subject to any quota.

Applicants may submit applications on the Electronic Application Platform of EDB. The Application Form, Means Test Assessment Form and Guidance Notes for the MUSSS can be downloaded from the following websites of the EDB and SFO -

EDB’s website: https://www.edb.gov.hk/musss

SFO’s website: https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/forms/listing3.htm

Eligibility of “means-tested subsidy”

Students meeting the following criteria may apply for the “means-tested subsidy” for the 2021/22 academic year:

  1. having right of abode or right to land in, or have entered Hong Kong on One-way Permits;
  2. receiving and having completed senior secondary education in Hong Kong; and
  3. pursuing undergraduate studies in any of the 189 designated Mainland institutions in the 2021/22 academic year.

Means Test (including Assessment of Eligibility and Level of Subsidy)

The SFO assists the EDB in conducting the means test for the family of student applying for “means-tested subsidy” and submits report to the EDB on the financial position of the family concerned. EDB will determine the eligibility of the student applying for “means-tested subsidy” on the basis of the assessment result and other relevant information in his/her application. In respect of eligibility and level of subsidy, the SFO will use the “Adjusted Family Income” (AFI) mechanism as the means test to assess the eligibility and level of subsidy of a student applying for “means-tested subsidy” (please refer to Guidance Notes on Application for Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme 2021/22 for details).

Enquiry

For enquiries relating to the MUSSS, please call the EDB’s enquiry hotline at 2827 1112 or e-mail to musss@edb.gov.hk, or visit the EDB’s website (https://www.edb.gov.hk/musss). For enquiries relating to the means test of “means-tested subsidy”, please contact the SFO at 3622 3775.