Fees for ESF primary and secondary schools

School fees for academic year 2015-16

For ESF's primary schools, secondary schools and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, the school fees for the academic year 2015-16 are as follows:

Primary schools (Years 1 to 6)         - HK$ 78,700   paid over 10 months

Secondary schools (Years 7 to 11)      - HK$ 110,600 paid over 10 months

Secondary schools (Years 12 to 13)    - HK$ 116,200 paid over 10 months

For the school fees of ESF International Kindergartens, Discovery College and Renaissance College, please refer to individual school websites.

School fees for academic year 2016-17

Starting from August 2016, the Hong Kong SAR Government will be phasing out the recurrent subvention to ESF year by year over a period of 13 years. Students entering Year 1 in 2016-17 will not be subsidised by the government anymore and the reduction will be covered by the tuition fees. It is anticipated that approximately HK$17,000 will be added to the tuition fees for Year 1 students in 2016-17 to cover the reduction in the subvention. There may also be additional increases to cover rising costs due to inflation.

In 2016-17, all other year groups (except Year 1) will continue to enjoy the subvention from the government, including new students joining Years 2 to 13 in the year.

According to ESF’s practice, proposed tuition fees for 2016-17 will be announced in March 2016.


The amounts of deposit for an ESF primary and secondary school place are HK$10,000 and HK$16,000 respectively, which have to be paid when a school place at an ESF primary or secondary school is accepted. This includes students who are transferring from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school. Payment details can be found on the ESF enrolment form.

Non-refundable capital levy (NCL)

For new students joining ESF schools in August 2015 and after, they will be required to pay a one-off non-refundable capital levy (NCL). The non-refundable capital levy (NCL) will replace the refundable capital levy (RCL) from the academic year 2015-16 onwards.

The cost of the NCL will be HK$38,000 for students entering Year 1 and will be reduced, on a sliding scale, for students who join the system in later years as follows:

Year groupOne-off NCL (HK$)
Year 138,000
Year 236,000
Year 334,000
Year 432,000
Year 530,000
Year 628,000
Year 726,000
Year 822,300
Year 918,600
Year 1014,900
Year 1111,200
Year 127,500
Year 133,800

If NCL has already been paid when the student enrolled to ESF primary school, the student is not required to pay NCL again when he/she transfers from ESF primary school to ESF secondary school.

The information about the NCL scheme can be viewed on the website: www.esf.edu.hk/non-refundable_capital_levy

Refundable capital levy (RCL)

Parents of students who are transferring from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school in August 2016 are required to pay the refundable capital levy (RCL) if they have never paid the RCL or NCL before.

The RCL is HK$25,000 per student and the levy for the third and any subsequent child in a family attending ESF schools is reduced to HK$10,000 provided that the first two children are currently attending ESF schools and each of them has paid the HK$25,000 RCL respectively.

The RCL is not transferrable and will be refunded within one month after your child's last attendance date, net of any outstanding balance on account.

Advance payment

All students are required to make an advance payment of September’s fees for reserving the school place for the following school year. The advance payment of September’s fees will not be refunded if a student is subsequently not returning school in the following school year.

Students who have already paid the RCL are exempt from the advance payment of September's fee. However, if a student is not returning to school in the following year and his/ her parent has not informed ESF of the withdrawal on or before 1 June, the parent is liable to the tuition fees for September even if the student does not return to school.

Payment of fees

Fees are due on the first day of each month. Please note that parents are held responsible for payment of school fees regardless the fees actually paid by their employers or by any other third parties.

Effective August 2011, direct debit is mandatory in paying school fees for all students attending ESF schools. We recommend the “Limit for Each Month” to be set at HK$11,000 for primary and HK$14,000 for secondary. Click here to download the Direct Debit Authorisation Form and here for an instruction on how to fill out the form.

Statements of account and receipts are not sent to parents as fees are paid by monthly direct debit.  However, payment receipts can be issued upon request. Please contact Billing Section at billing@esfcentre.edu.hk if receipt is required.

Please note that if fee payments are overdue, students may be excluded from school. Once excluded, students will not be permitted to re-enrol to any ESF schools/ private independent schools (PIS) unless all outstanding fees have been fully repaid. All the fees, levies, deposits and charges in relation to student admissions are applicable to the students re-applying or returning to ESF schools/ PIS after exclusion. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that an excluded student will be returned to his or her former class.

Fees remain payable if a student goes on leave during term time. Year 11, 12 and 13 students, who may not attend normal classes during April, May and June, are still required to pay the full annual fee.

If a student leaves or is admitted part way through the school year, attendance on any day in a particular month renders school fees payable for the entire month.

Please ensure that school and/ or ESF Centre are notified promptly of any change of address, telephone numbers or designated bank account for direct debit.

Financial Assistance Scheme

There is a Financial Assistance Scheme available for families who experience financial hardship due to a sudden and unexpected change in circumstances. Financial assistance is not normally granted in the first year of admission. Information and application forms for the scheme are available from ESF Centre. Supporting documents on details for personal income and the circumstances from which the hardship arose will be required for all applications.

Student withdrawal

If your child is going to withdraw from the school, please complete the official “Student Withdrawal Notice” and submit the notice to school admission office at least one calendar month before the last attendance date.

In any event if your child will be leaving school at the end of the school year, the student withdrawal notice must be received by 1 June. If a student is not returning to school in the following year and his/ her parent has not informed ESF of the withdrawal on or before 1 June, the parent is liable to the tuition fees for September even if the student does not return to school.

The Student Withdrawal Notice can also be downloaded from the school's website or available at the school office.


If you have any queries about fees, deposits or levies, please contact our billing hotline at:

Tel: 3762 2422 or

Email: billing@esfcentre.edu.hk

Please quote your child's student account number, which is shown on all receipts. 

###This summary will be updated from time to time to reflect the current ESF School Fees Policy.###

Updated on: 29 July 2015