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. four to five years) and will be disbursed to the relevant institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible applicants subject to the quota for the designated programme. Applicants 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. the tuition fees payable after deduction of the subsidy).