Calculator for Estimating the Amount of Assistance under TSFS

The Calculation Mechanism

Eligibility for financial assistance depends on the financial position of applicants’ family. The entitled level of assistance will be determined by a two-tier means test comprising an income test and an assets test. Details are as follows –

First tier: Income test
First, the Adjusted Family Income (“AFI”) is calculated using the gross annual family income and the number of family members by the following formula:

(Gross annual family income - Deductible medical expenses) (Note 1)
Number of family members + 1 (Note 2)
  1. All the annual income of an applicant’s parent(s) and 30% of the annual income of an applicant’s unmarried sibling(s) residing with the applicant's family is counted towards the gross annual family income. Only the medical expenses incurred by the applicants and / or their family members who are chronically ill or permanently incapacitated are deductible from family income. Applicants should provide the relevant medical receipts for the period from 1.4. to 31.3.. The ceiling of deduction for the academic year is for each family member.
  2. For single-parent families of 2 to 3 members, the "plus-1 factor” in the divisor of the AFI formula will be increased to”plus-2”.

Second, the AFI would be compared with the AFI groups shown in the "Ready Reckoner under the AFI Formula". The level of financial assistance to be offered will then be calculated by applying the corresponding percentage of maximum grant and loan.

Second tier: Assets test
Assets test would be conducted if applicants have passed the income test. The level of financial assistance calculated from the income test will be adjusted based on the Net Asset Value per Family Member of the applicant’s family by applying the corresponding discount factor of the asset group shown in the "Sliding Scale of Asset Value for Discounting Financial Assistance".