Continuing Education Fund 持續進修基金


Introduction

The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidizes adults with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000, on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Eligibility

Applicants who –

  • are Hong Kong residents who have the right of abode or the right to land or to remain in Hong Kong without restriction. Holders of one-way permits from Mainland China may also apply.
  • have enrolled in and paid the tuition fee on equal monthly instalments basis for a reimbursable course before the course commences; and
  • are aged from 18 to 65 both at the time of application for opening an account and at the time of submitting a Reimbursement Claim Form.

Reimbursable Courses in SSI

Institution Code

616
A list of the reimbursable courses can be obtained from the CEF website : http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/list.htm.

Application Procedures for Opening a CEF Account

  1. Complete the application form (SFO 192 (2015)) which can be obtained from District Offices or download the application form as below link:
  2. The completed application form together with a photocopy of the applicant’s HK Smart ID card and if applicable one-way permit should be submitted by post or in person to :
    • The Office of the Continuing Education Fund, Room 916, 9/F, Kwai Hing Government Offices, 166-174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, N.T.
    • Applicants may also place their applications in the drop-in box on 12/F., Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices.
  3. Applications for opening an account with CEF 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 on equal monthly instalments basis, 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.

Notification of CEF Account Opening Results

For applications containing complete information, notification of account opening results will be issued within 10 working days from the date of receipt of applications. If the information provided is incomplete or there are discrepancies in the information provided, applicants will be requested to give an explanation or provide supplementary information, in which case the processing time will be longer.

Reimbursement Procedures

  1. Each applicant who has successfully opened a CEF account 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.
  2. A claimant should submit to the OCEF the completed and certified RCF together with copies of supporting documents (fee receipts, documentary proof that the claimant has successfully completed the courses and the front page of his/her bank passbook/statement showing the name, account number and bank name / bank code).
  3. “Successful completion” means that the claimant must have fulfilled the requirement of the relevant course and have been awarded Documentary proof of successful completion of the course include a passing certificate and a confirmation letter from the SSI certifying that the claimant has passed the relevant course assessment.
  4. Reimbursement will be made by direct credit to the saving/current account nominated by the claimant for receipt of the reimbursement. Credit card accounts, fixed deposit accounts and foreign currency deposit accounts are not acceptable accounts for direct credit of the reimbursement.
  5. Claim application result will be issued within 6 weeks from the date of receipt of the RCF, subject to complete and satisfactory supporting documents being provided.

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