It is important that you plan your finances carefully when considering coming to the UK to study. Here is all the information you need on tuition fees and our international scholarship programme.
Tuition fees for 2017/18
Undergraduate tuition fees
|Course level||Tuition fee (annual)|
|Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, LLB)
|DipHE or CertHE
|BA or BSc with integrated foundation year
||£7,500 (year 1)†
£10,500 (years 2-4)
|Sandwich or placement year
|Foundation degree (FdA, FdSc)
|Premium Foundation (FdSc)
|Health pre-registration programmes
|Pre-sessional English (6 weeks)
|Pre-sessional English (12 weeks)
† An early payment discount is available for international students.
Postgraduate tuition fees
|Course level||Band D||Band E||Band F||Distance|
|Masters (MA, MSc, MBA)
|PGCE or School Direct
||£6,470-£19,940. Download the research fee list for more details.
|Type of accommodation||Price|
|Catered university accommodation
||£96.45 - £115.30 per week (including bills)
|Self-catered university accommodation
||£88.50 - £115.30 per week (including bills)
|Room in the private sector (off campus)
||£70 - £105 per week (excluding bills - approx. £15 per week)
Fee Deposit Policy
Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to £5,000 (the exact amount will be listed in your offer letter). Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.
Pay your deposit online
Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:
- name of the programme and academic year for which the sponsorship applies
- amount of sponsorship (for example, full fees or specified amount in pounds sterling)
- your full name (as stated on your passport)
- your student identification number
- address and named contact to which the University of Cumbria should send the invoice
- full name and address of the sponsoring institution
Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.
If a student on the 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the deposit for the substantive programme will not be repaid.
A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for other than fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the British Embassy or High Commission, together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with the embassy or High Commission.
Where the university decides to make a refund of the deposit, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Refunds will not be made if the refusal, or a CAS withdrawal, is on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.
Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.
Paying your tuition fees
After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or you can follow our instalment plan.
An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee by registration and not in instalments. The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.
If you choose to pay in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included. For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.
|Start date||Due date for payment|
||75% due on registration (September), 25% due by 1 December 2017
||75% due on registration (January), 25% due by 12 March 2018
If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.
Planning your finances
Obviously studying in a different country is a big financial investment, so you need to ensure you have everything planned when it comes to spending your money. There are many points to consider before submitting your application, such as food, accommodation and other day-to-day expenses.
We recommend that you budget at least £5,500 for an academic year in the UK. This will include your accommodation and living expenses. To help you plan effectively, we suggest using the online UNIAID International Student Calculator to set a proper budget for your academic life.
Paying for your accommodation
If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.
After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.
Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.
Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.
Pay for your accommodation
If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.
Student Financial Regulations
The Student Financial Regulations describes your contractual obligations to the university regarding finance. It includes our policies about:
- Tuition fees and payments
- Cancellations, withdrawal from programmes and interruption of studies
- Debt management procedures
- Other fees, fines and charges
- Bursaries and scholarships
Please download and read the regulations before starting your course.
Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2017-18 starters (PDF)