The Education Secretary, Kevin Yeung, has revealed that more than 20,000 students have applied for the new subsidy for undergraduate programmes at non-government-funded institutions.
The HK$30,000 subsidy - which isn't means-tested - was a key initiative in the HK$5 billion education package that Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced in July.
Yeung said the number of applicants matched expectations. He said when they introduced the plan, there were concerns that there are student who are applying for - or plan to apply for - associate degrees but because of the new scheme they may try to apply for degree courses.
However he said no major shift had been seen in the proportion of student numbers.
Yeung said there had been a general decrease in the number of candidates for degree and associate degree courses but proportion remained essentially the same.