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[Preparation] Helpful Tips for the Big Day

*In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools may go for an online results release.  Remember to keep in view the latest arrangement of your school! As the DSE results will soon be released, you might feel excited for turning a new page in life, but it is also natural for you to feel nervous about the road ahead.  Therefore, the editorial team has gathered some information regarding the results release day and future planning for your better preparation. After the results are released, you may also learn about the strategies for modifying your programme choices on JUPAS as well as planning your future with reference from the below articles. 1. Reprioritising of Programme Choices under JUPAS2. DSE出路任縱橫 (Chinese version only) If you would like to search for a future pathway that matches your personal attributes, you can participate in psychological tests such as《型格人》*(Chinese version only) and the Academic Programme Preference Inventory (APPI) **. These tests help to better understand yourself and to learn about your suitable academic programmes or career paths. Like other psychological tests, the assessment results are for your reference only, and the final decision remains in your hands. *The test is provided by Hang Seng – St. James’ Settlement "I am..." Youth Portal **The Academic Programme Preference Inventory (APPI) is provided by Centre for Research in Distance & Adult Learning of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and Hok Yau Club.   Sources:Hang Seng – St. James’ Settlement "I am..." Youth Portal (Chinese version only)Hok Yau Club (Chinese version only)

[Subsidy] Subsidy Schemes for Local Studies

After taking a break, it’s time to gather information for further education and employment! If you decide to continue your study locally and need financial supports, you can pay attention to the following financial assistance schemes provided by the Student Finance Office of Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency. You can also use the tool “What am I eligible for?” to sort out the assistance scheme(s) which you may apply for and to calculate the estimated amount/level of assistance. 1. Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) For students taking up exclusively UGC-funded or publicly-funded full-time programmes. 2. Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT) For students pursuing programmes covered under the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS). 3. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) For students taking up full-time, locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes. 4. Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) For students pursuing programmes covered under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP). 5. Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) For students pursuing specific post-secondary / continuing and professional education courses provided in Hong Kong 6. Student Travel Subsidy for Tertiary or Post-secondary Students For successful applicants of TSFS and FASP, attend full-time day courses up to first degree level and reside beyond 10 minutes walking distance from student’s normal place of study and travel to school by public transportation. 7. Community Care Fund Assistance Programmes 7.1 Providing hostel subsidy for needy undergraduate students 7.2 Increasing the academic expenses grant under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) 7.3 Enhancing the academic expenses grant for students with special educational needs and financial needs pursuing post-secondary programmes There are numerous self-supporting schemes that provide aid to young people. Continuing Education Fund The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidises adults who aspire to further their education through continuing education and training courses.  Eligible applicants may submit an unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of course fees on successful completion of CEF reimbursable courses up to a maximum sum of HK$20,000.  The co-payment ratios by learners (i.e. the percentage of course fee to be borne by learners) for the first HK$10,000 subsidy is 20% of the course fee and that for the second HK$10,000 subsidy is 40% of the course fee. Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses Under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses, you can be entitled to 30%, 50% or 100% reimbursement of the tuition fee paid, subject to meeting the prescribed criteria. Subsidy Scheme for Further Studies in the Mainland Students who are interested in applying to the Mainland higher education institutions, you may refer to [Subsidy] Any subsidy for Studying in the Mainland? for more information.   Source: Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency