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Financial Assistance

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT)

Introduction

The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS) is established by the Government to provide financial assistance in the form of interest-bearing loan to local students to cover their tuition fees. Applications are not means-tested. Students who fail to obtain assistance from the TSFS or have not applied for assistance under the TSFS may apply for the NLS loan up to the maximum amount of tuition fees payable.
 

The interest rate is subject to periodic adjustment, and interest is charged once the loan is drawn down and throughout the repayment period until the NLS loan is fully repaid.  Also, a non-refundable administrative fee is chargeable as from the submission of the first application and annually thereafter until the NLS loan and the interest accrued thereon are fully repaid.  
 

Current Interest Rate

Please refer to the Government's webpage https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/nlsft/general/learn/interest_and_fee.htm for the prevailing interest rate.

 

Enquiries

Enquiries about the Scheme should be directed to the Government's Student Finance Office (SFO)  - Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) by the following means:

  • SFO homepage about the NLS :  http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/eng/schemes/nls.htm 
  • Address : 12/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
  • NLS enquiry number during office hours : 2150 6222 
  • 24-hour automated enquiry hotline : 2802 2345

 


Announcement from SFO

(a)       NLSFT application form

           Applicants are required to submit their applications through the online platform "SFO E-link - My Applications" ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk 

(b)       Guidance Notes Eng / Chi

(c)       Course Coding Sheet

(d)       Online demonstration of E-submission 

         

Submission of Declaration ( Paper Signing Selected ) and Supporting Documents

Students should submit the signed declaration (paper signing selected) and supporting documents to the SFO within 7 days from submission of online application form through the following means:

(a) Online upload: https://ess.wfsfaa.gov.hk

  • through SFO E-link - My Applications
  • File formats - PDF and JPEG
  • File capacity - 6 MB (about 30 pages)

 

(b) By Mail / By Hand (together with the Reply Slip)

Address:
Student Finance Office
Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency
Room 1204, 12/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices
303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
(Attn:  NLSFT APU)

 

 (c) Through institution (together with the Reply Slip)

                  A drop-in box will be provided at the Office of Student Affairs during the following

                  period: 12 April -18 May 2021

                     

         Administrative Fee

A copy of the transaction advice or account deposit form for the administrative fee paid should be submitted together with other supporting documents upon the submission of online application. 

Applicants should keep the original transaction advice or account deposit form for the administrative fee paid and produce it with the loan documents to the SFO upon acceptance of the NLSFT loan. 

 

Application period for 2021/22

For Current Students 

ONLINE Application Deadline: 30 April 2021

Any applications submitted after 30 April 2021 will be treated as late applications.  SFO E-link - My Applications platform will still accept late applications for NLSFT after the official application deadline until 31 December 2021.  However, the SFO will accord priority to those applications with complete information submitted on or before the deadline.

Starting from 1 January 2022 students who have genuine financial need should approach the SFO of the following address to collect an application form for the NLSFT and submit the completed form, together with all the required documents to the NLSFT Application Processing Unit (APU) in person during office hours.

Address:
Room 1204, 12/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon

Office hours:
8:45 am to 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm
(Closed during lunch hour from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

 

Note:  Full-time UGC-funded students who wish to apply for both TSFS & NLSFT have to submit the TSFS and NLSFT application forms separately.


General Enquires

Office of Student Affairs

Tel: 2616 7305

E-mail Address: osa-finance@LN.edu.hk