Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Information
We understand that financing an education at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center can be a challenge for some students. Below, we present a basic tuition and housing fee break-down for our programs and ways to finance living and studying in Nanjing.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including grants based on a combination of merit and need, and student loans. To qualify for financial aid, please fill in the Financial Aid Application Form included in the HNC application. Students interested in federal loans should also submit the FAFSA online at The HNC uses the SAIS Title IV FAFSA code, which is E00474. Applications received by the February application deadline will be given first priority for all available funds.

Tuition and Fees
The cost of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Certificate program is comparable to Chinese language programs in China. The cost of a master's degree is slightly less expensive than a SAIS master's degree in DC. The HNC delivers a strong product through its academic program, its study and living facilities, its career development and its alumni network. We are certain that the benefits of the program far outweigh the costs, as it will increase your earning potential and contacts for the future.

Estimated costs for the 2015-2016 academic year are:

Tuition, Certificate$22,500
Tuition, MAIS$39,964
Housing, Certificate$1,600
Housing, single occupancy$3,200
Housing, double occupancy$1,600
Health Insurance (estimated)~$2,000
Matriculation Fee (non-refundable)$500

Note: All prices are estimates and subject to change. The school reserves the right to change information contained on this website without prior notice.

Johns Hopkins health insurance is mandatory for all international students without comparable coverage.

Additional Expenses
  • International Airfare
  • Board (estimated at around $8/day)
  • Personal and Living Expenses
Tuition bills are mailed in July and November. Tuition fees are due by the beginning of classes each semester

Living Expenses
The cost of living in Nanjing is low compared to the U.S., or even compared to Beijing and Shanghai. The amount individual students need to live will vary greatly depending on their habits and preferences, so it is difficult to predict precisely how much money an individual student will spend. Factors influencing the cost of living are frequency of eating outside the Center (especially at foreign restaurants) and the frequency and style of any traveling done during breaks.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has a financial aid budget to support students who have both financial need and academic merit. The goal is to make the HNC affordable to students with the qualifications to contribute to and benefit from the academic programs in Nanjing.
Partial scholarships covering differing levels of need are available to incoming students. No student will be turned away for financial reasons. 100% of HNC students who apply for aid receive financial aid. The HNC also has a limited number of full tuition fellowships available.This support was made possible due to generous donations from companies, foundations and individuals such as:
  • The Freeman Foundation
  • The Hassenfeld Family
  • Stephen O. Lessor
  • Alumni of the Center (The Alumni Fund)
  • Friends and family of former faculty member James Townsend
To qualify for any HNC fellowships, applicants must submit the HNC Financial Aid Application by February 1. This short, two-page form can be found in the downloadable forms section of the online application.* Center fellowships are available to citizens of all countries except the PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

New HNC Fellowships 
For a listing additional HNC fellowship opportunities, please visit our website.  

Federal Loans
Federal direct loans are available to U.S. students who demonstrate need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed online at Paper copies of the application are typically available at your local library or university.

Loans are handled through the Department of Education Direct Lending program in which loan money is dispersed directly to the university without banks or guaranteeing agencies. Loan amounts will show on the bill as a credit, and refunds will be mailed to you or deposited in a bank account of your choice.

Other Financial Aid Resources
There are many organizations that can provide funding for your studies. We encourage you to look for additional funding. You should, however, begin applying for  fellowships as soon as possible because many organizations require that you apply months in advance of attending graduate school.

The following links may provide you with some useful information: