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What is the Method of Assessment, Level and Amount of Assistance for the Kindergarten and Child Care Centre Fee Remission Scheme (KCFRS) and Grant for School-related Expenses for Kindergarten Students (Grant-KG)?

Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency

Applicants may view the video clips for details of the KCFRS and Grant-KG.


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.  Please refer to the "Social Needs Assessment Form" (SFO235A) for the assessment criteria. 

The Assistance Level for 2024/25 School Year

The AFI eligibility benchmarks for various levels of assistance (full, ¾ and ½ fee remission) in the 2024/25 school year will be uploaded on SFO website in September 2024. 


The fee remission ceilings and Grant-KG for 2024/25

The fee remission will be calculated from the actual fee charged by the kindergarten or the fee remission ceiling (whichever is the less), and based on the level of fee remission (i.e. 100%, 75% or 50%) applicable to an applicant.  The fee remission ceilings for various levels of the KCFRS, the maximum meal allowance (for whole-day kindergarten classes) and the Grant-KG for the 2024/25 school year will be uploaded on SFO website in September 2024.  

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