Tuition Fees

Taught postgraduate programs are self-financing programs. Tuition fees may vary between programs, and are usually payable in installments at the beginning of each regular term. Information on tuition fees for individual programs is available in their respective program entries in the Postgraduate Program Catalog.
Students on taught postgraduate programs who have to extend their study beyond the normative period of study may be required to pay a term-based fee, or they may need to pay additional fees based on the number of credits they enroll for the term concerned.

Refund Policy

Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable.

Caution Money

Each new student is required to pay a deposit of HK$300 as caution money on first registration. Charges will be made against this deposit if there are any unpaid claims against the student, such as outstanding library dues. The balance will be refunded if the student leaves the University before graduation. At graduation, the student is required to restore the balance of the caution money to its original level and the full amount of the caution money will be credited against the graduation fee.

Graduation Fee

Upon completion of the program of study and before the degree or diploma is awarded, each student is required to pay a graduation fee of HK$300. The fee is normally settled by transferring the full amount of the caution money.

HKUST Students’ Union Fee

Students joining the HKUST Students’ Union are required to pay an initial entry fee and thereafter an annual subscription. These fees are set by the Union and collected by the University on behalf of the Union. The entry fee, applicable to students admitted for the first time, is HK$100 and the annual subscription fee is HK$100.

Late Charges and Other Penalties

Students may be required to pay late charges or subject to other penalties for failure to complete certain University procedures by stipulated deadlines. These include fines for overdue library books, services suspension for delinquent payments including tuition/hall fees, and administrative charges for resumption of suspended services. Late charges and penalties are imposed in accordance with the rules and regulations set by respective offices.

Charges for University Student Accommodation

The University has rented some off-campus apartments to provide accommodation for full-time taught postgraduate students. Information on the charges for the apartments will be provided through Schools and program offices. Students who wish to apply for student accommodation should contact their respective program offices.

Compulsory Medical Insurance

The University policy stipulates that compulsory medical insurance is required for all registered full-time degree-seeking non-local undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at HKUST on student visa/entry permit.
The compulsory medical insurance aims to provide better resources and safety net for non-local students in the event that they need prompt, appropriate and affordable medical services locally or outside of Hong Kong. While students may use the free general consultations and medications of the campus clinic, they might need other medical services such as hospitalization in some circumstances. There are always long waiting lists for public hospital services in Hong Kong, while medical costs in private hospitals are high.
Further details about student insurance schemes can be found at the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office website.

Other Fees and Charges

Other fees and charges students may come across include, but are not limited to:

ItemPer-copy Fee
Application for TestimonialHK$30
Application for Transcript of Studies#
(excluding mailing charges)
Application for Award Certification Letter*HK$30
Replacement of HKUST CardHK$150
Student Status Re-instatementHK$400
Student Visa Application
(for continuing students)
HK$550 (including mailing charges)
HK$330 (excluding mailing charges)

# A free copy of transcript will be issued to students upon approval of graduation or withdrawal from the University.
* A free copy of award certification letter will be issued to students upon approval of graduation.