Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)
Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)

Loan Activation

  • Interest-free Deferral of Student Loan Repayment
    The Finance Committee of the Legislative Council has approved an interest-free deferral of student loan repayment for a period of two years. Please click here to learn more.
  • You are required to repay fully your TSFS loan, which shall normally commence on 1 December of the year of your graduation or when the course has officially ended, until it is repaid in full. The first instalment of loan repayment will normally fall due on 1 January or 1 July of the following year of your graduation. Read More
  • The loan borrowed and the interest accrued thereon are repayable in 15 years (‘Repayment Period’) by 180 equal monthly instalments, or in a shorter Repayment Period by equal monthly instalments as agreed by the SFO. Whereas if as determined appropriate by the SFO, the loan borrowed and the interest accrued thereon are repayable within the Repayment Period by equal quarterly instalments. Read More
  • If you:
    • cease to be registered as a full-time student;
    • withdraw or are suspended from or defer your studies in the course; or
    • have not completed the course for any reason,
    you are required to notify SFO in writing immediately and repay the loan in one lump sum or by equal instalments, and if by instalments over a revised Repayment Period, and also interest to accrue on the loan. The length of the loan Repayment Period, its commencement date, and repayment arrangements shall be decided by SFO.
  • There will be surcharge for late repayment involved. Please refer to Interest and Surcharge for Late Repayment.
  • Non-registration with “MyGovHK” and “SFO E-link – My Bills” service / Non-receipt of demand notes for repayment does not exempt a loan recipient from the obligation to repay the instalment due on or before the due date; if the repayment is not made on or before the date the instalment becomes due, you will be required to repay with the Government the overdue amount together with a surcharge at the rate of 5%.
  • To request for early lump sum / partial repayment of loan borrowed under the TSFS, you may either come in-person or appoint your representative with your signed authorization letter to the SFO during office hours; or send in your early lump sum / partial repayment request in writing, by post, fax, e-mail or “SFO E-link”. Please refer to “Early Partial / Lump Sum Repayment of Loan Under Tertiary Students Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) (SFO 185)” for terms and conditions for requesting early lump sum / partial repayment of loan borrowed under the TSFS. All applications for early lump sum / partial repayment must be made in-person or submitted in written form. No verbal request would be entertained. Read More
  • To request for restructuring repayment period (within the period of 15 years) of loan borrowed under the TSFS, you may either come in-person or appoint your representative with your signed authorization letter to the SFO during office hours; or send in your request for restructuring repayment period in writing, by post, fax or e-mail. Please refer to “Restructuring Repayment Period of Loan under Tertiary Student Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS)” (SFO 278_E) for terms and conditions for requesting restructuring repayment period of loan borrowed under the TSFS. Read More
  • All applications for restructuring repayment period must be made in-person or submitted in written form. No verbal request would be entertained.
  • Whereas if as determined appropriate by the SFO, the loan borrowed and the interest accrued thereon are repayable within the Repayment Period by equal quarterly instalments.
  • Default in loan repayment may give cause for legal proceedings against you / your indemnifier(s) by the Government for the recovery of the outstanding loan(s) and interest plus surcharge and any recovery costs incurred by the Government.
  • In case of any breach of any of the terms and conditions of the loan or late repayment of any instalment due, the SFO has the power to demand you and / or your indemnifier(s) immediate repayment of all outstanding balance of the loan, interest, surcharge (if any), and any recovery costs (including legal costs and related expenses in the course of legal recovery actions). The SFO also has the power to withhold the consideration and processing of your other financial assistance / loan applications and / or various applications relating to loan repayment under different financial assistance / loan schemes administered by the SFO; and to demand you and / or your indemnifier(s) immediate repayment of all outstanding balance of loan(s), interest (if any), overdue interest (if any) / surcharge (if any), administrative fee (if any) and any recovery expenses in relation to other course(s) taken by you notwithstanding that they have not become due under the terms of such loan(s).

Overpayment

  • Any overpayment of financial assistance made to you shall be refunded immediately upon demand.
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