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School Fees

Cost is, without a doubt, a major consideration for most parents looking to send their child to an international or private school in Malaysia. Unless your company is covering the cost your children’s schooling, an education at an international or private school in Malaysia will be a significant investment for you. 

Fortunately, Malaysia offers a wide range of choices of international and private schools, enabling parents to find a school that fits their budget.  

Below we highlight the types of fees that international and private schools typically charge. Each school, however, has a different fee structure and may use different terms to refer to its various fees. Before applying to a school, it is imperative that you take the time to review and understand its fee structure and schedule. 

Additionally, some schools offer discounts for early payment or for families with multiple siblings attending the same school. Please check your school’s policies to find out if you are eligible for these or other fee reductions.  




Application fee


The application fee is a non-refundable fee paid upon submission of an application to a given school. Not all schools require the payment of an application fee. 


Registration fee


Also commonly referred to as the “entrance”, “admission” or “enrollment” fee, the registration fee is a non-refundable fee to be paid upon confirmation of enrollment into a school. 



Upon confirmation of enrollment, many schools require the payment of a refundable security deposit, which often amounts to the equivalent of one term’s tuition fee. This deposit often needs to be topped up as the tuition fees increase according to year level.

This deposit will be refunded to you when your child graduates or withdraws from the school. In the latter instance, you must provide the school written notice of your child’s withdrawal several months before he or she withdraws from the school in order to receive your deposit back. Failure to provide this written notice may result in you having to forfeit your deposit.  



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This article originally appeared on Education Destination Malaysia. To read more on other types of school fees, please click here.