Fees and Scholarships

A range of scholarships are available to encourage academic, sporting, musical and performing arts talent. Assistance with payment of tuition fees may be available through our bursary programme.

Fees and Scholarships


Wellington recognises and rewards the pursuit and achievement of excellence of our pupils in the categories of Academics, Music, Drama, Dance, Sports and Musical Theatre. Awarded scholars play a significant role in the life of the college and must show a high degree of ability in their chosen field whilst also demonstrating leadership in the encouragement of non-scholarship holding pupils. Many of the awarded scholarships provide free tuition or coaching and other benefits for the pupils. In addition, awards may be complemented by a Bursary on the basis of a means test.


We want to attract the best pupils at Wellington. Bursaries are available to families applying for year 1 and above and awarded where there is an obvious need to supplement the tuition fees and is also open to include those pupils who apply for various scholarships. All applications are means-tested. Applying for a Bursary need not be a daunting process but does follow rigorous and objective means testing. For more information please contact the Admissions team or see our Applying to Wellington handbook.

Pupils who would like to apply for a scholarship should prepare and submit the following documents:

  • Application form (including all supporting documents)
  • IB Scholarship – 500 personal statement
  • Music – 200 word personal statement
  • Dance/Drama – 200 word personal statement
  • Sport – a CV summarising the candidate’s sporting activities and achievements over the last two years.

A preliminary review of the application will be conducted by the relevant department. Selected candidates will be invited to an assessment day, audition or trail.

Candidates awarded Music, Arts or Sports awards are still required to meet Wellington’s academic entry requirements.

Further details are set out in our Applying to Wellington handbook.

Terms & Conditions

  • Scholarships will only be awarded if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves.
  • Awards will be reviewed annually. Retention of an award will be dependent upon consistently excellent performance levels, good conduct and evidence of good contributions



Tuition Fees For 2017/2018

Year Group Annual Fee Michaelmas Term Lent Term Summer Term
Pre-Nursery /Nursery / Reception RMB 228,350 RMB 95,910 RMB 71,930 RMB 71,930
Years 1-5 RMB 255,000 RMB 107,100 RMB 80,325 RMB 80,325
Year 6 RMB 260,610 RMB 109,450 RMB 82,090 RMB 82,090
Years 7-9 RMB 282,560 RMB 118,675 RMB 89,000 RMB 89,000
Years 10-11 RMB 299,930 RMB 125,980 RMB 94,480 RMB 94,480
Years 12-13 RMB 309,710 RMB 130,080 RMB 97,560 RMB 97,560

The above fees will cover day-to-day tuition, the use of text and library books, public examination fees, basic stationery and general educational materials, appropriate to the particular year group. They also cover sports, physical education, attending compulsory field trips and educational visits and participating in the vast majority of the co-curricular activities (save for a small number of activities for which there is a nominal charge). The tuition fee does not include the costs of school lunches, uniform or transportation.

The following will also be charged separately:

  • individual music instrumental tuition; and
  • trips and events where participation is voluntary.



We offer a sibling discount of 5% for the third child and 10% for the fourth child.

Boarding Fees
Year Group Annual Fee Michaelmas Term Lent Term Summer Term
Years 5-9 RMB 59,280 RMB 24,900 RMB 18,675 RMB 18,675
Years 10-11 RMB 65,000 RMB 27,300 RMB 20,475 RMB 20,475
Years 12-13 RMB 70,200 RMB 29,485 RMB 22,115 RMB 22,115

The above fees cover the full cost of accommodation and all meals. Subject to availability, flexi boarding is available at a rate of RMB 400 per night (please note that flexi boarding does not include the cost of lunch).

Other Fees

1. Application Fee: RMB 3,000

The application fee is non-refundable and only valid for the academic year of the initial application. The fee is payable when the pupil’s application is submitted and is required prior to the sitting of the entrance tests and interview.

2. Resource Fee: RMB 18,000

The resource fee is a supplementary fee payable on acceptance to the College to support the initial investment of educational resources. The resource fee for 2017–18 is RMB 18,000. This fee is held by the College to ensure that College property including: books, reference materials, IT equipment, science equipment and other academic and co-curricular resources are duly returned to the College in satisfactory condition. The resource fee will be refunded to parents/guardians after the return of College property and deduction of any reimbursement due to damage to the College property and deduction of any outstanding tuition fees payable to the College.

3.English as an Additional Language (EAL) Fee: RMB 13,000 per year

An annual, non-refundable EAL fee will be charged to new pupils who, following the entrance tests and interview, are enrolled in the EAL programme. This annual fee is designed to support a portion of the cost of the additional academic resources required to run such a programme. Termly fees are as follows:

Michaelmas Term
RMB 5,460
Lent Term
RMB 4,095
Summer Term
RMB 4,095

4.Lunch Fee: RMB 5,580 per year (approximate cost)

All pupils are required to eat school lunches, except for those who have special exceptions, such as religious or medical reasons. Lunch is provided by an external catering company, who collects lunch fees directly (and issue the fapiao). The standard daily cost for lunch is RMB 31.00, the lunch fee can be paid to the external catering company either annually, termly or by parents making regular top ups at V&A Café. Annual lunch fee is approximately RMB 5,580. Click here to find out more.

5.College Bus Service: RMB 16,650 per year

The College bus service is optional. The annual bus fee is RMB 16,650 payable to the College. Annual payment enjoys a 5% discounted rate compared with fees paid termly. Termly fees are as follows:

Michaelmas Term
RMB 7,000
Lent Term
RMB 5,245
Summer Term
RMB 5,245

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6.College Uniform: RMB 2,300 per full set (approximate cost)

All pupils are expected to be smart, tidy and business-like in their College attire. The cost of a full set of uniform is approximately RMB 2,300. Items can be purchased separately throughout the year. All uniform items and accessories are available for purchase at the school shop, payment is made directly to the uniform provider (with the fapiao also being issued by them). Click here to find out more.

Notice For Withdrawal:

In accordance with the College’s terms and conditions, parents are reminded that if they wish to withdraw their child from the College, they must give one full term’s notice, or pay one full term’s fees in lieu of notice. This means that:

  • If you wish to withdraw your child at the end of the Summer Term (i.e. end of the academic year), notice should be submitted by 1st April
  • If you wish to withdraw your child at the end of the Michaelmas Term (i.e. in December), notice should be submitted by 1st September
  • If you wish to withdraw your child at the end of the Lent Term (i.e. in March/April), notice should be submitted by 5th January


Notice is given by delivering a completed withdrawal form to the Master or the Director of Admissions by the dates referred to above. Withdrawal forms can be collected from the admissions office or by emailing admissions.shanghai@wellingtoncollege.cn. In circumstances where the parents have not given a full term’s written notice for withdrawal, parents will be required to pay a term’s fees in lieu of notice. Fees in lieu of notice means tuition fees in full at the rate applicable for the next term following withdrawal. One term’s fees in lieu of notice represents a genuine pre-estimate of the College’s loss in these circumstances, and sometimes the actual loss to the College will be much greater. This rule is necessary to promote stability and the College’s ability to offer available spaces to applicants and plan its staffing and other resources.

Receipt And/Or Fapiao Return:

In order to ensure that the resource fee is returned to the proper party, the official receipt issued by the College when the resource fee was first paid, must be returned to the College before the resource fee can be refunded. The College will issue official tax receipts (fapiao) for tuition and bus fee payments. Please contact the finance office to receive your fapiao after the fees have been paid. For any refund of College fees, the original fapiao must be returned back to the College. Failure to do so will result in additional tax charges being levied per government requirements. Fapiao’s are not issued for the resource fee which is refundable under normal circumstances. Fapiaos for the lunch fee and uniform fee are issued by the service providers.

Payment Methods:

Payment can be credited to the school bank account via bank transfer or made by cheque using the following currencies, RMB or USD. Cash payments must be made in RMB. If parents/guardians decide to use a bank transfer, a copy of the bank remittance, together with the pupil’s name and year group, must be submitted to the finance office. When paying by bank transfer in foreign currencies, the received amount will be confirmed upon the fund arrival date. The prevailing exchange rate is published on the College website as provided by the Bank of China. Any shortfall in amounts received by the College, for any reason, will be due on demand or carried forward to the next invoice at the College’s discretion.

Bank Account Information RMB Payment USD Payment
Beneficiary Name 上海惠灵顿外籍人员子女学校 Wellington College International Shanghai
Name of Bank 招商银行上海浦江镇支行 Industrial and Commercial Bank Of China, Expo Branch
Bank Address No.12 Yao Hua Rd, Pudong New Area Shanghai 200126, PRC
Bank Account Number Please refer to your child’s invoice for their unique account number 1001 3206 0914 8200 154
Reference Invoice number or pupil name and year group Invoice number or pupil name and year group