Convenient, structured payments for an outstanding education

It's impossible to put a price on a great education, but sometimes we need to talk money. In this section you'll find out all you need to know about:

  • Our Nairobi school fees
  • How we structure payments 
  • What's included in your fees

We want all of our GEMS parents to feel informed and in the loop. So, if you'd like to learn more about the nitty gritty, terms and conditions, you'll find everything right here. 

Any questions before we get started? Please don't hesitate to contact our team for more information, we're always happy to help at any stage.

Fee structure

Our fees are calculated based on a number of factors. Is your child a day student or a full-time boarder? Which year group are they in? What resources will they need to thrive? You can see how these calculations are broken down in the tables below.

For each child, our fees include:

  • Catering
  • Course books
  • Classroom equipment 

Our fees do not include:

Please note: Our fees are all calculated in Kenyan Shillings, converted at today's rates to USD (US Dollars). As currencies rise and fall, these figures may vary. We will set the exchange rate on the date of your payment. In the tables below the exchange rate is calculated at KSH91: USD1. 

Kenyan school fees

Nairobi school fees in USD

When do I pay?

At our private school in Kenya we request that all school fees are paid before the start of each term. Whether you choose to pay our Nairobi school fees in one lump sum or on a term-by-term basis, is entirely up to you. We work with our parents to make payments as stress-free and convenient as possible.

We rely on our tuition fees to fund our operating budget, which is why we focus on prompt payment. We thank you for your cooperation in ensuring fees are paid in advance of each term. This helps us to make certain we're offering our students and your children the very best education and opportunities.

You may choose to pay your child's fees in full, up front, or you may decide to stagger payments throughout the academic year. If you choose the latter option, payments will be due on the following dates:

  • Term 1 payment: 5th working day of August
  • Term 2 payment: 5th working day of December 
  • Term 3 payment: 5th working day of April 

The small print

Here you'll find the answers to all of those little questions you might have. From what's included in our Nairobi school fees, to how we offer refunds...

Registration fee

We charge a non-refundable and non-deductible small registration fee of $100USD to kick start your enrolment process. This one-off fee gives us the opportunity to make preparations and undertake all the administration necessary for a smooth enrolment at our private school in Kenya. This fee will be charged when you apply to GEMS CIS – Nairobi.

Enrolment fee

Once we have confirmed receipt of your registration fee we can then get the ball rolling. At this point we must ask for a $500USD admission fee to secure your child's place at our establishment. Again, this is a one-off, non-refundable, non-deductible fee for all parents.

Receiving invoices

After a successful enrolment, our administrative team will send your tuition fee invoice to the address we have for you on record. These invoices will be sent 2 months before the beginning of the academic year, unless alternative arrangements have been put in place.

Late payments

If for any reason you feel you may not be able to complete a payment due, it's essential that you contact the school immediately to discuss and resolve the matter. A penalty of 2% per month will be applied to the outstanding balances not paid by due date stated.

We rely on the cooperation of parents and guardians to keep GEMS CIS – Nairobi performing to the very highest standard. For this reason we must take late or failed payments seriously, to ensure the quality of education for all of our students.

Should late payments become problematic they may result in:

  • Loss of the student’s place in the school
  • Withholding of their school reports, references, and/or examination results
  • Temporary or permanent expulsion or exclusion from school

Mid-term enrolment

If your child will be joining our private school in Kenya part way through a term, we will calculate your fees accordingly. We will work out your rate based on how many full weeks are remaining in the term. 


Tuition fees, after payment has been made, are non-refundable. There is one exception to this rule: If you have paid in advance for a full year but withdraw before the beginning of a term. If your child attends for any portion of a term, no refund will be possible. 

To apply for a refund, please submit a formal request in writing to the GEMS Cambridge International School - Nairobi admissions office. Tuition refunds are provided to the original payee. Please note, the registration fee and admission fee are non-refundable.

Do you have any questions about our fees? Would you like to learn more about the payment options you can use to pay your fees? Explore our fees section online or contact our helpful team today to learn more.