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Method of Assessment

The SFO adopts the Adjusted Family Income (AFI) mechanism to assess the applicants’ eligibility for and level of assistance.  The AFI mechanism is based on the following formula: 


AFI      =

Gross Annual Income of the family

Number of family members + (1)


  • For single-parent families of 2 to 3 members, the “plus 1 factor” in the divisor of the AFI formula will be increased to 2.
  • Gross annual income of the family includes the annual income of the applicant and his/her spouse; 30% of the annual income of unmarried children residing with the family; the contributions from other children not residing with the family and relatives/friends; and other income if applicable.
  • Family members normally refer to the applicant, his/her spouse, the unmarried child / children residing with the family and the dependent parent(s) who are supported by the applicant and / or his / her spouse.
  • To qualify for fee remission for children receiving whole-day child care services (i.e. groups aged 0-2 and 2-3), the applicant's family must also pass the 'social needs' test during the same assessment period.

The Assistance Level for 2023/24 School Year

Please click here for the corresponding AFI for assistance level (full, ¾ and ½ fee remission).

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Last update: 23 May 2023
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