The University of Hong Kong
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University Fees

 

Fixed Daily Rate (FDR) Approach

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Composition fee for research postgraduate (RPg) students is collected at a 6-month period interval during the normative period of study and continuation fee beyond the normative study period is collected every 3 months. In the case where a student has taken a period of non-study leave and/or was approved to change the study mode (from full-time to part-time or vice versa), odd months/days in the total duration of the normative study period will arise. The FDR approach was introduced in 2010, along with the Student Information System (SIS), as an administrative arrangement to calculate the composition fee for these odd days.

Under the FDR approach, credit(s) arising from the taking of non-study leave/Leave of Absence (LoA) will be generated by the SIS and the credit will be used to offset the ensuing (i.e. next) instalment of composition fee after the end of the entire non-study leave/Leave of Absence (LoA) period.

With the adoption of the FDR approach, the following key principles in calculation of fee will remain the same:

  • The general composition/continuation fee payment schedule would normally synchronize with student candidature.
  • Composition fee for PhD, MPhil and SJD students would continue to be collected at 6-month intervals. For the vast majority of students, two equal instalments will be collected in an academic year. The billing months will remain largely the same throughout a student’s study at the University. Continuation fee will be charged upon the lapse of the normative period of study at 3-month intervals until the submission of thesis.
  • The practice of NOT refunding composition/continuation fees paid for a complete instalment period will be upheld.

Please note that the FDR approach is only applicable in calculating fee adjustment for odd days and it is NOT accepted as ground for request for partial refund/waiver of composition/continuation fees.

 

Calculation of FDR

  • FDR for composition fee = Annual composition fee / 365 days (or 366 for a leap year)
  • FDR for continuation fee = Amount of continuation fee for 3-month period / 90 days
 

FDR in 2014-15

Type of students

FDR for Composition fee

Full-time RPg students

HK42,100 / 365
= HK$115

Part-time RPg students registered on or after 1/9/2014

HK60,000 / 365
= HK$164

Part-time RPg students registered during 1/9/2013 – 31/8/2014

HK57,000 / 365
= HK$156

Part-time RPg students registered during 1/9/2012 – 31/8/2013

HK53,000 / 365
= HK$145

Part-time RPg students registered during 1/9/2011 – 31/8/2012

HK50,500 / 365
= HK$138

Part-time RPg students registered during 1/9/2010 – 31/8/2011

HK42,100 / 365
= HK$115

Part-time RPg students registered before 1/9/2010

HK28,070 / 365
= HK$77

 

Type of students

FDR for Continuation fee

All RPg students

HK4,250 / 90
= HK$47

 

Change of study mode

When a student changes study mode within the normative study period, the composition fee that should be payable for the corresponding instalment during which a change of study mode takes place shall be re-calculated by FDR in the following manner:

Full-time FDR x number of days of Full-time study +
Part-time FDR x number of days of Part-time study

If there is an ‘over-paid’ amount, no refund will be made to the student but it will be carried forward as a credit and be offset in the following instalment for the ensuing 6-month interval. If there is a shortfall, the student will be required to pay for the amount of the shortfall immediately.

 

Taking of non-study leave

If a student takes non-study leave, composition/continuation fee will be exempted for the period of leave taken. While no refund will be made to the student, a credit will be calculated by FDR for the non-study leave period (i.e. FDR x number of days of non-study leave) and it will be carried forward and be offset in the ensuing instalment. The student candidature will be extended accordingly by taking into account the number of days of non-study leave taken. Odd days arising from the extension of the student candidature period will be billed according to FDR and handled in the last instalment. Please refer to the following illustrative example.

Student A is a full-time PhD student.

Normative period of study: 3 years
Date of admission: 2012.09.01
Date of expiry of candidature: 2015.08.31
Period of non-study leave: 2014.06.01 – 2014.06.30
Revised date of expiry of candidature: 2015.09.30
Thesis submission date: 2015.09.30

Invoice issued in

Composition Fee Billing Period

Composition Fee (Without Non-study Leave) (HK$)

Composition Fee under FDR Approach (HK$)

Sep 2012

2012.09.01 – 2013.02.28

21,050

21,050

Mar 2013

2013.03.01 – 2013.08.31

21,050

21,050

Sep 2013

2013.09.01 – 2014.02.28

21,050

21,050

Mar 2014

2014.03.01 – 2014.08.31

21,050

21,050

Sep 2014

2014.09.01 – 2015.02.28

21,050

17,600 (Note 1)

Mar 2015

2015.03.01 – 2015.08.31

21,050

21,050

Sep 2015

2015.09.01 – 2015.09.30

 

3,450 (Note 2)

 

Total:

126,300

126,300

Note 1 :

Student A is not required to pay composition fee during non-study leave period. The amount of composition fee paid in advance covering the non-study leave period will be calculated by FDR and be carried forward as a credit to offset composition fee in the ensuing instalment.

 

Amount of instalment for full-time study:

HK$21,050

 

Less: Amount of composition fee paid in advance for non-study leave from June 1 to 30, 2014 ($115 x 30 days):

(-) HK$ 3,450

 

Net Amount:

HK$17,600

Note 2 :

The last instalment of composition fee will be calculated using the FDR approach (i.e. Full-time FDR x number of odd days arising from the extension of candidature due to non-study leave taken).

 

Amount payable in the last instalment

($115 x 30 days):

HK$ 3,450