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Fees, Expenses & Refunds

Tuition fees depend on the length of time a student stays at Wellington High School. Students can enrol for a few weeks or for the whole year. If students want to stay for more than one year, students pay each year for the year ahead.

The full tuition fees must be paid to the school before a receipt can be issued and the student can apply for a Student Visa from the New Zealand Immigration Service.

For students from the People’s Republic of China and Viet Nam, the fees should be paid only after the student has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) letter from the New Zealand Immigration Service.

Fees for 2020


NZ $4,250.00 to $14,000.00


NZ $200.00 – $700.00


NZ $305.00 per week 2020

Homestay Placement/Monitoring

NZ $400.00

Medical Insurance

NZ $635.00 for 12 months

Full fees list for 2021 can be found here: WHS IFP Price List 2021 

In the event that the international programme cannot continue the Board of Trustees will refund tuition fees and any homestay money held by the school to students without an insurance policy.

Other Optional Expenses

External examination fees

up to NZ $450.00

Sports Registration

up to NZ $100.00

Field Trips -camping etc

up to NZ $450.00

Subject Workbooks

up to NZ $60.00


Materials Fee

up to NZ $200.00

Class photo

up to NZ $25.00

Fees may be direct credited into the Wellington High School Bank Account. Make sure your name is recorded properly.

Usually, the total annual fee is paid in one sum, but another arrangement may be negotiated.

Fees Protection Insurance
All international students are required to have fees protection insurance.  This is available and included in the health insurance policy recommended by the school.

Look at the Fees Protection Policy Here

The formal Offer of Place and subsequent receipt for fees constitutes a contract.


The School will consider all requests for a refund of international student fees. Requests should be made in writing to the School as soon as possible after the circumstances leading to a request.

Non-refundable fees include:

  • Administration Fee
  • Insurance
  • Homestay Placement Fee
  • Used Homestay Fee
  • Portion of Unused Tuition fees

For full details on refunds please refer to Schedule Three of the Enrolment Contract
Enrolment Contract and Application WHS – June 2019

Any unused accommodation or pocket money will be refunded in full to the student when this request is made in writing. For amounts in excess of NZ$500.00, the school will request the authorization of parent or agent.