Financial Assistance

Non-means Tested Loan Scheme

All students pursuing SCOPE programmes or courses with duration of at least one month and tuition fee above HK$1,000 are eligible to apply for the Government's Non-means Tested Loan Scheme. Application forms are obtainable by the followings:

  • Student Finance Office (SFO)
  • Public Enquiry Service Centres of the Home Affairs Department
  • Download from SFO’s website

Enquiries : 2150 6223
Website: www.wfsfaa.gov.hk

Continuing Education Fund

Eligibility

Persons who –
  • are Hong Kong residents aged from 18 to 65 at the time of application and on seeking reimbursement of their fees;
  • have enrolled in and paid the tuition fee for a reimbursable course before the course commences; and
  • have not obtained any other publicly-funded financial assistance for the same course, module or unit of study credits.

When to Apply

  • Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to the availability of funds. Applicants should submit their applications as soon as they have been enrolled in, and have paid for, the first course for which reimbursement of fees is to be made and, in any event, before the commencement of that course.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • The date of receipt of the application by OCEF will be taken as the date of application.

How to Apply

Applicants should send the completed CEF application form which bear SCOPE’s chop together with photocopies of HK Smart ID card by post to the following address:

Office of the Continuing Education Fund,
Room 916, 9/F,
Kwai Hing Government Offices,
166-174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories

Note: No application is needed for students who have been approved to claim course fees under CEF for the previous course(s).

How to Claim Reimbursement

  • Each successful applicant will be provided with a Reimbursement Claim Form (RCF) which should be submitted after successful completion of the course(s) and, in any event, within four years from the date the application was approved.
  • Only courses on the reimbursable course list are eligible for reimbursement.
  • For details, please refer to www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/list.htm

Enquiries

General enquires about CEF can be addressed to:

Office of the Continuing Education Fund,
Room 916, 9/F,
Kwai Hing Government Offices,
166-174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories

24-hour Manned Enquiry Hotline: 3142 2277
E-mail Address : cef_sfo@wfsfaa.gov.hk
Website: www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef

Tax Deduction for Expenses of Self-Education

The tuition fee paid for a SCOPE course to gain or maintain qualifications for use in any employment can be claimed as a deduction for salary tax. For more information, please visit the Inland Revenue Department website: www.ird.gov.hk or contact IRD 24-hour Hotline at 187 8088.