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Financial planning

We all know overseas education can cost a lot. However, it can be difficult to gauge exactly how much it costs. We can help you calculate and manage the cost upfront.

Calculating the cost of university

Planning to pay for your child's university fees and living expenses? You're not alone. 75% of parents say they will pay for their children's living expenses so they can fully concentrate on their education. Of the 75%, 59% worry that they won't be able to support their children financially if they go overseas to study1.

It's important to estimate the cost and plan early to limit financial strain. There are a few ways to prepare financially. But first, you need to figure out what your budget is and what are some of the things to consider.


So, how do you estimate the cost of tuition fees abroad? Most universities post their tuition fees online. Cost calculators will help you estimate the cost for accommodation, living expenses and various financial aids. During the admission process, international students can apply for aid in the form of grants, scholarships or bursaries. There are even scholarships offered exclusively to women studying abroad. Get a professional education consultant to explain and help you navigate these options so you can make an informed decision.

Expenses to consider

The overall cost of studying overseas will depend on which university you go to and how many years you study. With some research, you can guesstimate costs and work towards a financial goal to finance your child's overseas education. These are some of the expenses to consider:

  • Application fees
  • Tuition fees and books
  • Passport and visa-related costs
  • Medical fees
  • Insurance (including travel insurance)
  • Travel costs (including international airfares) 
  • Accommodation and utility costs
  • Living expenses

How to budget


The simplest way to save for your child's education is to place your funds diligently in a savings account with a flexible withdrawal period, to accrue interest. The sooner you start, the earlier you'll enjoy the returns.



If your child still has some years to go before starting school, consider investments which can give you higher potential returns, which suits your risk profile*. Contact your Relationship Manager for more information on how to get started.

Budgeting timeline

12 months before departure

  • Continue to top up your savings and apply for funds such as scholarships and grants
  • Meet with a study abroad adviser to ensure you are on track


9 months before departure

  • Ensure your child's chosen course of study/programme fits your budget constraints


7 months before departure

  • Ensure paperwork is in order and your application form is fully completed before the submission date
  • Ensure your child's passport is valid, update it if it's going to expire


3 months before departure

  • Once your child has secured a place at school in their chosen programme, start ticking items off your checklist - health and travel insurance, flights, immunisations and any outstanding fees


1 month before departure

  • Ensure all payments and paperwork have been submitted
  • Open a bank account for your child and deposit funds ahead of arrival
  • Consider forms of credit such as student credit cards

Ready to open an HSBC Premier account?

It's important to start saving early. Long-term savings is a practical way to fund your child's overseas education. Open an HSBC Premier account to prepare for the future, leave your contact details and we'll contact you to get the process started.

New to HSBC Premier

To meet either one of the Premier criteria below:

  • Maintain a Total Relationship Balance (TRB)2 with us of RM200,000 or more at all times
  • Have a minimum home loan of RM1,000,000 with your Premier Mortgage3
  • Credit a minimum monthly salary of RM16,500 continuously each month into an HSBC account in Malaysia - with Premier by Perks@Work4

Existing to HSBC Premier

Ready to open an overseas account? Book an appointment and we'll guide you through the process.

Leave your details

For more information, call us on 1300 88 9393 (local) or +603 8321 5222 (overseas).

Important notes

1The Value of Education The price of success.

2Total Relationship Balance (TRB) includes any: Deposits in Current Account/-i, Savings Account/-i, Time Deposits, Term Deposits-i, and/or Investments in Unit Trust funds/Shariah-compliant Unit Trust funds, Structured Investments/-i, Dual Currency Investments/-i and/or Direct Retail bond, and/or Cash value from Family Takaful/Life Insurance products with investment-linked and savings components.

3Account Fee waiver until full and final settlement of home financing.

4Account fee waiver as long as you fulfil the qualification criteria.

*Investment involves risks. Past performance is no guide to future performance. Investors must refer to the respective fund's offering documents for further details of the fund and the risks involved.