The information below is for courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year.

For information about 2018/19, please visit the 2018 finance page.

Get up to £2,000 discount with our PGCE Scholarship scheme for current 3rd year and 2nd year students of the University of Cumbria.

This offer is also open to students graduating in 2018 or 2019 from Salford University, UCLAN, Lancaster and Univeristy of Queen Mary, London.

Tuition fees for UK students

The following tuition fees are for PGCE students studying in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020). 

University-based

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £9,250 for UK students.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

School Direct (non-salaried)

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £9,250 for UK students.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

School Direct (salaried)

If you have secured a salaried place on the school direct programme, you won't have to pay any tuition fees. Your host school will pay your fees in full and you will earn a salary in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale.

Unfortunately, salaried school direct students are not eligible for bursaries or any other student funding.

PGCE (non-QTS)

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £1,605 for UK students.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students' university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Teacher training bursaries

Generous, tax-free training bursaries are available for PGCE students in a range of subjects. This is in addition to the tuition fee and maintenance loans. 

Secondary Maths

PGCE Secondary Maths

NB. These bursaries are confirmed for the 2019/20 academic year only.

Maths2 £20,000 bursary £10,000 £30,000
£22,000 scholarship2 £10,000 £32,000
 Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career payments1Total1
  1. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  2. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.

To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

Other subjects

NB. These bursaries are confirmed for the 2019/20 academic year only.

Training bursaries for other subjects

SubjectsScholarships1First/PhD2:1/Masters2:2
Physics £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Chemistry £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Languages2 £28,0003 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Computing £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Geography £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Biology - £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
English £15,000 £15,000 £15,000
Design and Technology, History   £12,000 £12,000 £12,000
Music, RE £9,000 £9,000 £9,000
Primary Maths4 £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
  1. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Find out more
  2. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
  3. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
  4. Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.

To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

PGCE Scholarship

£1,000 cash payment and £1,000 off accommodation fees for University residences to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in Lancaster or Carlisle in 2018/19 or 2019/20 who are alumni of the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

£1,000 cash payment and £200 travel contribution in the form of a pre-paid Oyster Card to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in London in 2018/19 or 2019/20 who are alumni of University of Cumbria or Queen Mary’s University.

* This does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions:

  • Students do not need to apply to receive the scholarship. Eligibility will be checked against the criteria in these terms and conditions by the University and students will be notified of their eligibility.
  • In order to be eligible, a student must be fully enrolled on a University based PGCE programme* as a full-time student on 15 October 2018 or 2019 to qualify for the scholarship.
  • In order to be eligible, a student must be a graduate with a BSc, BA or LLB issued on or after 1 September 2013 from either the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University (if studying at the Lancaster or Carlisle campuses) or the University of Cumbria or Queen Mary’s University (if studying at the London campus). Eligibility will be checked through a review of the records of past study held by the University.
  • The £1,000 cash payments will be made to eligible students on or before 2 November 2018 or 1 Novermber 2019 via a BACS transfer. Students must have a UK bank account and provide, where not already held by the University, details of this bank account in order to receive payment. Payments can only be made into the bank accounts of eligible students.
  • If a student receives a £1,000 cash payment and withdraws before 7 January 2019 or 6 January 2020 the University will invoice the student for the full amount.
  • The £1,000 off accommodation fees will be applied as a credit, in equal parts, to the second and third terms’ invoices issued to eligible students.
  • The £200 travel contribution will be provided in the form of a pre-paid Oyster Card. These will be issued to eligible students after 15 October 2018.
  • This offer does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.

Student loans

If you are from the UK, you can apply for a loan to help with the cost of university fees. There are two types of loans you may be able to apply for: tuition fee and maintenance loans.

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Tuition fee loans

Full time students from the UK can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £9,250 for 2018/19 and 2019/20. This is paid directly to the university each year, and is not dependent on your household income.

When applying for your student loan, you will need to contact the relevant student funding authority for the area in which you live. Your loan application is likely to take around 2 months to finalise so it is important to complete your application as soon as possible. We recommend completing your application by the end of May (new students) or June (continuing students) to avoid any delays in receiving your funding.

Apply for a tuition fee loan

Maintenance loans

NB. The following maintenance loan information is based on the 2018/19 academic year. Details for 2019/20 will be added once they have been confirmed by the government.

You can apply for a maintenance loan to assist with meeting living costs such as food, accommodation and travel expenses. These are normally paid in three instalments throughout the university year directly to your bank account.

Depending on household income, students may be able to apply for the following amounts in 2018/19:

Living at Home Up to £7,324
Living away from home (outside of London) Up to £8,700
Living away from home (in London) Up to £11,354
Studying abroad (for 1 year) Up to £9,963

You can work out how much of a loan you are entitled to apply for using the Student Finance Calculator.

Repaying your loan

Graduates with a home address in England, who have a student loan, only start repaying their loan the April after graduation and once they earn over £25,000 per year, and then only on the amount above £25,000. 

You'll pay 9% of anything you earn above that amount. If you don't earn more than the threshold, you won't pay anything.

Here's what your monthly repayments could look like:

Annual income before taxMonthly salaryMonthly repayment
Up to £25,000 £2,083 £0
£27,000 £2,250 £15
£30,000 £2,500 £37
£35,000 £2,916 £74
£40,000 £3,333 £112

After 30 years, any outstanding loan is written off.

If your home, address is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, visit Gov.uk for more information.

These loans attract interest which is charged at different rates depending on your earnings. For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website. Please note that the terms of student loans are set by the Government rather than the University.

Repayment calculator

Financial support

In addition to your training bursary, there is a range of additional funding available to support you in getting your degree.

Additional grants

If you have special circumstances, you may be able to get additional funding to help support you during your course.

For students with children

  • Parents’ Learning Allowance - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £1,669
  • Childcare Grant - means-tested on household income. A maximum of 85% of your weekly childcare costs may be paid on your behalf, up to £164.70 per week for one child and £282.36 per week for two or more children. For example, if childcare for one child is £150, you may receive a £127.50 grant (85% of £150).

For students with adult dependants

  • Adult Dependants’ Grant - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £2,925.

For students with a disability or specific learning difficulty

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)— students with a disability or specific learning difficulty may be eligible to receive help towards enabling costs; eg non-medical helper, specialist equipment etc.

Armed Forces

  • If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces and wish to enhance your education, then you can receive help covering your funding through the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme. Find out more.

Support funds

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to qualify for extra funding. There are a number of different Awards and Funds that might be helpful should you require financial aid.

Visit our support funds page for more details.

Support funds

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.

Paying your accommodation fees

At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Tuition fees for EU students

The following tuition fees are for PGCE students studying in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020).

University-based

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £9,250 for EU students.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

School Direct (non-salaried)

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £9,250 for EU students.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

School Direct (salaried)

If you have secured a salaried place on the school direct programme, you won't have to pay any tuition fees. Your host school will pay your fees in full and you will earn a salary in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale.

Unfortunately, salaried school direct students are not eligible for bursaries or any other student funding.

PGCE (non-QTS)

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £1,605 for EU students.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students' university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Teacher training bursaries

Generous, tax-free training bursaries are available for PGCE students in a range of subjects. This is in addition to the tuition fee and maintenance loans. 

Secondary Maths

PGCE Secondary Maths

NB. These bursaries are confirmed for the 2019/20 academic year only

Maths2 £20,000 bursary £10,000 £30,000
£22,000 scholarship3 £10,000 £32,000
 Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career payments1Total1
  1. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  2. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.

To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

Other subjects

NB. These bursaries are confirmed for the 2019/20 academic year.

Training bursaries for other subjects

SubjectsScholarships1First/PhD2:1/Masters2:2
Physics £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Chemistry £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Languages2 £28,0003 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Computing £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Geography £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Biology - £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
English £15,000 £15,000 £15,000
History, Design and Technology £12,000 £4,000 £0
Music, Religious Education - £9,000 £9,000 £9,000
Primary Maths4 £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
  1. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Find out more
  2. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
  3. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
  4. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.

To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

Student loans

If you are from the EU, you can apply for a loan to help with the cost of university fees. This is paid directly to the University of Cumbria in February and May, so you can focus on your studies without worrying about payment.

Read more

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £9,250 for 2019/20. This is paid directly to the University each year, and is not dependent on your household income. Click here to apply directly online.

If you decide to take the loan, you do not need to pay anything at registration. Just bring along your letter from the Student Loans Company to show that you have applied. It’s as easy as that. Please note that this loan will only cover your tuition, however you may be eligible for a grant to cover the living costs of studying in England from the Education Department of your own government. We recommend contacting them to find out more about how to apply-you don’t want to miss out.

Once you’ve finished your time at university, you will start repaying your loan from the April after you graduate, provided that you are earning above £25,000 a year (or the equivalent in your home country). The Student Loans Company will contact you about your employment after graduation. There will be a small amount of interest on the loan-more information about this can be found on the Student Loans Company website.

Apply for a tuition fee loan

How to apply

You can apply for your Tuition Fee Loan through the European Union Team of the Student Loans Company. To get started, visit the Direct Gov website and scroll down to ‘New EU Students’. There you will find the forms you need to apply. If you get stuck, get in touch with us to help you out.

Once you’ve started university, should you have any trouble with your funding, our advisers can provide all the support and advice you need. To book an appointment please use our online referral form, or if your enquiry can be answered via email, please contact us on moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk

Book an appointment

Email our money advice team

Repaying your loan

Graduates with a home address in England, who have a student loan, only start repaying their loan the April after graduation and once they earn over £25,000 per year, and then only on the amount above £25,000. 

You'll pay 9% of anything you earn above that amount. If you don't earn more than the threshold, you won't pay anything.

Here's what your monthly repayments could look like:

Annual income before taxMonthly salaryMonthly repayment
Up to £25,000 £2,083 £0
£27,000 £2,250 £15
£30,000 £2,500 £37
£35,000 £2,916 £74
£40,000 £3,333 £112

After 30 years, any outstanding loan is written off.

If your home, address is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, visit Gov.uk for more information.

These loans attract interest, which is charged at different rates depending on your earnings. For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website. Please note that the Government, rather than the university, set the terms of student loans.

Financial support

In addition to your training bursary, there is a range of additional funding available to support you in getting your degree.

Support funds

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to qualify for extra funding. There are a number of different Awards and Funds that might be helpful should you require financial aid.

Visit our support funds page for more details.

Support funds

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.

Paying your accommodation fees

At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

EU Referendum

EU nationals, or their family members, who wish to enter the UK to study a course in England which starts in either the 2017/18 or the 2018/19 Academic Year, are still eligible for student support and home fee status. 

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Our University has a proud and strong history of educating students from Europe and we look forward to welcoming you and other European students over the coming months and years. We are delighted that the Student Loans Company has given reassurance about financial support for current students and those starting in 2017 and 2018. We include a statement on this below for your convenience.

Whilst there is not yet official confirmation of Student Loan support for new entrants for 2019 and thereafter, the University of Cumbria will continue its ambitions to be a destination of choice for our European students and we encourage potential applicants to continue to check the University website for the latest information so we can share the most up to date position with you.

Student Loans Company statement

Students beginning study in the 2017/18 or 2018/19 Academic Years

EU Nationals and Student Finance in England (1) - Student Loans Company

The eligibility rules regarding student support and home fee status applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who wish to enter the UK to study a course in England which starts in either the 2017/18 or the 2018/19 Academic Year and which attracts student support, are also unchanged. 

SFE will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/or loans by SFE will then be eligible for this support and for home fee status for the duration of their course.  These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study any time after August 2016, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years or be EEA migrant workers in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

The migration status of EU nationals in the UK is being discussed as part of wider discussions with the EU. The Prime Minister was clear in her letter to the President of the European Council that that we should seek an early agreement on the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK, on a reciprocal basis.

Students should consult their institution’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they may be able to receive.

Statement from the Student Loans Company website.

Tuition fees for international students

The following tuition fees are for PGCE students studying in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020). 

University-based

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £10,500 for international students.

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

Payment instructions (PDF)

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

Pre-sessional courses

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.

Deposit refunds

A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for non-fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)), together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with UKVI.

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 visa application is refused, or a CAS is withdrawn, 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.  

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.

Make a payment

Payment instructions (PDF)

School Direct

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £10,500 for international students.

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

Payment instructions

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

Pre-sessional courses

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.

Deposit refunds

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.  

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.

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Payment instructions (PDF)

PGCE (non-QTS)

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years is £3,500 for international students.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students' university and personal email accounts.

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Payment instructions (PDF)

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation pages for a full price list and more details about the residences.

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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 online

Payment instructions

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.

Planning your finances

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.

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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.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with the University you need to provide evidence of minimum funds that will be available to you. Please see UKVI requirements on their website in the “Tier 4 of the points based system: policy guidance” booklet. You will also find details of UKVI’s current requirements for the evidence you will need to provide during your application.

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 2019-20 starters (PDF)

Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2018-19 starters (PDF)

Contact us

We're here to help. If you have any concerns about student finance, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For queries about student finance and the payment of fees, please contact our Accounts Receivable team at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk

For queries about student loans, scholarships, bursaries or support funds, please contact our Money Advice team at moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk

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