SSSDP will be made available to three cohorts of students starting from the 2015 – 2016 academic year (i.e. those entering the first year of undergraduate studies in the 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017 and 2017 – 2018 academic years) and then be subject to a review on its effectiveness.
The unit subsidy will be administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to HK$40,000 per academic year is provided to programmes which are not laboratory-based while a higher subsidy of up to HK$70,000 per academic year is provided to more costly programmes which are laboratory-based. The subsidy is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned (i.e. 4 – 6 years) and will be disbursed to the relevant institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible students subject to the quota for the designated programme. Students in need who are admitted to the subsidised places under the SSSDP may apply for student financial assistance in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable (i.e. tuition fees payable after deduction of the subsidy).