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Tuition Fees

Students are required to settle the tuition fee in full by the prescribed deadline. Tuition fee paid is NOT refundable.

To encourage research postgraduate students to complete their studies at the earliest possible time, a refund mechanism has been introduced so that those who are studying beyond the normative period of study and have met their program and residency requirements within the first three calendar months of the start of a regular term are entitled to a refund of 50% of the tuition fee paid for that regular term. The students must have submitted their final theses within the three-month period. This refund mechanism is applicable to both full-time and part-time students who have only their research theses to complete for submission in the last regular term of study. Students who have enrolled for courses other than MPhil/Doctoral Thesis Research in the last regular term are not entitled to the refund.

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Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students

The Hong Kong Government has set up a Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students. Eligible local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded RPg programs will be given the tuition waiver for their entire normative study period.

Details of the scheme can be found here.


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.


Compulsory Medical Insurance

The University policy stipulates that compulsory medical insurance is required for all registered full-time degree-seeking non-local 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. Details about the student insurance schemes can be found at the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office website.