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How to pay your tuition fees

This guidance explains how you can find out what your course will cost and the different ways you can pay your tuition fees. 

Every student is charged a fee for each academic year they study at UCL. This tuition fee covers all elements of your registration, enrolment, tuition, supervision and examination for each full or part academic year which you are enrolled for. The fee also includes membership of the Students' Union UCL . It does not cover living costs, books, materials or travel. Fees generally increase annually and are set approximately 15 months before the start of the academic session to which they apply.

When you accept your place at UCL you are accepting responsibility for making sure these fees are paid, whether that is by you, by a loan from your regional Student Finance body or through sponsorship.

This guidance explains:


How much you should pay

For the majority of new students, your tuition fee will usually be quoted on your offer letter. If you are a continuing student you can find your new fee amount on your Portico account. This is usually updated over the summer.

Find out the current fee levels for all programmes in our fee schedules

Find out how your fee status is calculated

All programme fees are subject to inflationary increases of up to 5% annually, so you should expect your fees in subsequent years of study to increase.

Part-time

As a part-time student you are not expected to pay your full programme fees in your first year. Instead, fees are charged per year of study and are issued every September. You can find your fees for the first year of study on the relevant fee schedule. You can pay for each yearly fee in three instalments.

Find out when to pay your fees

Modular (flexible) students

Some postgraduate taught and MRes programmes are available on a modular basis. Modular programmes last between 2 and 5 years. This is different to a part-time programme which lasts for a fixed period.

As a modular student you are not expected to pay your full programme fees in your first year. Instead, fees are charged per year of study and are issued every September. You can pay for each yearly fee in 3 instalments.

If you are registered as a modular student, your fees will be generated and charged on Portico after you have chosen your modules and the module selection deadlines have passed. The fee is based on the credit value of the modules you are taking. This is worked out by dividing the full-time fee by the total number of credits your programme is made up of:

  • Masters are usually made up of 180 credits
  • PG Dips are usually made up of 120 credits
  • PG Certs are usually made up of 60 credits

If you change your module selection during the academic year your fees will not update automatically. If modules are added or removed during the year, please check your Portico account and if you think your fees need to be re-calculated you should email the student fees office.

Fees do increase for continuing students every year and this applies to Modular students also. These increases reflect the increase in cost to UCL in delivering the programme, such as operational costs, market forces and inflation. Any annual increases in the fees will not be more than 5% per year.

Repeat fees

Repeating full-time

If you are repeating full-time, you will pay tuition fees for the entire year again, although this can be reduced at the request of the academic department.

Repeating part-time

  • If you're an undergraduate on a course-unit programme, you will pay for every 0.5 course unit you repeat.
  • If you're an undergraduate on a non-course-unit programme, you will pay 50% of the full-time fee.
  • If you're a postgraduate part-time repeat student or modular student repeating modules, you will pay fees based on the credit weighting of the module(s) you are repeating.

Repeat placement fees

If you're an IOE student repeating your placement, you will pay the following fee:

  • £575 in 2017/18
  • £850 in 2018/19

Extramural Year

Extramural years are additional to your programme of study and not part of the requirements of the course, therefore extramural years incur no tuition fee charges.

Study Abroad

If you're planning on studying abroad as part of your degree, you can see how that may affect your fees on the Study Abroad website.

 


Your student fee status

Your fee status is determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007, No. 779) and subsequent amendments, as approved by Act of Parliament.

Find out more about how your fee status is calculated


How to make a payment

Self-funded students

Self-funded students are those paying all or part of their fees through private means, usually family. If you are not self-funding, or only partially self-funding, there are different things you will need to do depending on if you are:

If you are self-funding you can pay your fees:

Your UCL student number must be quoted as a reference on all payments.

If you are partly sponsored and covering the remaining fee amount yourself you will need to make sure that your payments are made by the instalment deadlines. If you don't pay the first instalment by the deadline you may not be able to enrol.

Find out when to pay your fees 

Pay online

If you have a UCL login you can pay through Portico. If you do not yet have a UCL login or if someone is making a payment on your behalf, you can use the UCL online payment service. You must have a student number to use payonline.

Pay by credit or debit card

You can pay by credit or debit card through the UCL online payment service or through Portico.

Pay in person

You can pay in person at the Student Centre.

UCL does not charge any transaction fee but your card provider may. If in doubt, please check with them before making a payment. We cannot accept American Express, Diners Club, JCB or Union Pay.

Bank Transfer

If you want to instruct your bank or pay through BACS (bank transfer) you should use these details:

Account Name: University College London
UCL Account Number: 70197157
UCL Sort Code: 20 10 79
Bank Address: Barclays Bank PLC, 16-17 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BH
IBAN: GB20BARC20107970197157
SWIFT: BARC GB 22

You can also use our Bank transfer form, which includes our bank details, and forward to your bank.


 

Please make sure that the student family name and UCL student number are quoted as a reference on all payments. You should also request confirmation that the payment has been made in case we need to trace the payment.

The majority of bank transfers will reach our account within 3 working days but please allow some additional time for our systems to be updated and for a receipt to be issued.

Cheque or banker’s draft

Cheques or bankers drafts should be made payable to University College London. We can only accept payment in pounds sterling (GBP £). You can post your cheque to Student Fees, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT or deliver it in person to the Student Centre.

Cash

For security reasons, we cannot accept cash in the Student Centre. Cash can be paid directly to Barclays Bank, at 16 - 17 Tottenham Court Road but you must have a UCL fee invoice and make sure the student’s name and student number are referenced. We strongly recommended that other methods of payment are used.


Students who have a UCL Studentship (research), a UCL Scholarship or other departmental fee award

There is no need for you to provide written evidence of your funding to the Fees Office. The relevant UCL department will pay your fee award to us internally via Portico. The payment, once approved, will create a sponsorship record on your Portico account and show that you are not paying your own fees. 

If this payment/sponsorship is not recorded in Portico when you attempt to pre/re-enrol, there is no need for you to take any action. For students enrolling at the start of an academic year we would expect internal payments to be processed by 31 October.


Students in receipt of fee funding from Student Finance

If you have applied on time and your funding is confirmed, the Student Loans Company (SLC) will contact UCL's Student and Registry Services to confirm your registration. Once this is done, your Portico account will show a sponsorship record for the amount of your fee loan. There is no need for you to provide written evidence of your fee loan to the Fees Office unless specifically requested. If you are also receiving a maintenance loan, the SLC will contact UCL to confirm your attendance and this will trigger payment.

If you only receive partial funding from the SLC please make sure to pay your remaining fees before the instalment deadlines otherwise you may not be enrolled on your programme.

Find out more about funding


Students in receipt of sponsorship from other sources

If the Fees Office is expected to invoice your external sponsor (for example your employer or embassy) directly, you will need to provide written evidence of sponsorship before or during the enrolment period.

You can post this evidence to Student Fees, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT or deliver it in person to the Student Centre. You can also email it to us with the subject heading ‘Sponsorship evidence’. Please include your student number in any correspondence.

An invoice will then be issued to your sponsor in Term 1 and they are expected to pay in full for the academic year within 28 days.


NHS Bursaries

If you are a medical student and you expect your fees to be paid by the NHS Bursary Scheme you have to first apply for a bursary with the NHS directly. Applications must be made within six months of the start of the academic year.

If you require further assistance, please contact the NHS student helpline on 0300 330 1345 or visit their website. Please note that failure to apply on time could result in you becoming personally liable for your fees.

Please contact the UCL Medical School for further information regarding the Bursary Scheme and your eligibility.

Find out how to apply for a bursary


Paying a deposit

Some postgraduate taught programmes and the Eastman Dental Institute require their students to pay a tuition fee deposit.

If you are paying a tuition fee (financial) deposit you must pay online with a credit or debit card. Please use the UCL online payment service and select ‘tuition fees’ and then ‘financial deposits’.

Find out more about tuition fee deposits


Receipts

An automated official UCL receipt will be emailed within 2 working days of your payment being entered into UCL’s system. The email will be sent to the student's UCL email account and, in the case of an online payment, to any alternative email account entered during the payment process.

Students can print receipts and invoices through Portico. Please do not email the Fees Office to ask for a receipt.


Refunds

Refunds will only be paid on request and are at the discretion of UCL. While we attempt to administer all requests as soon as possible, during busy periods of the year, your request may take between 2 and 3 weeks to be processed.

Students must not intentionally overpay their fees in order to obtain their living costs or circumvent any government regulation or restriction. Any fee payments received intended for living costs will, upon receipt of a refund request, be returned to the original sender. UCL must abide by UK money laundering laws.

All authorised refunds are returned to source. For fees that are paid by credit or debit card (either online or offline) refunds will be credited back to the card charged with the original payment.

UCL will not refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations, or offer compensation for any bank or other charges incurred.

If a student has a recorded debt to another department, any requested fee refund may be withheld and applied to the outstanding balance.

In exceptional cases where a refund has to be made to a parent or a third party, authorisation should be obtained from the original payer prior to the refund being processed.

Most self-funded home students will be able to request a refund through Portico by visiting the Tuition Fees section. If you are not self-funded, or have had a visa application refused, you should contact the Student Fees Office.

If you are interrupting, more information about the impact on your fees and funding is available.

Refund instructions for current and former students with Portico access

Please log in to Portico and follow these instructions:

  1. Click on MyMoney
  2. Click on "Financial Statement"
  3. In the “Account Options” section, select the "Fees" radio button and click “Next”

If your Tuition Fee account is in credit, and there are no outstanding sponsor invoices or debts to other UCL departments on your record, you will see a "Refund/Journal" button at the bottom of the screen. Click on this button and follow the instructions to submit a refund request. You may, as part of this process, submit UK bank details to enable us to directly refund your account. If no bank details are logged, you can expect a refund by cheque. Alternatively, you can transfer all/part of your credit balance to settle any outstanding Residences or Dean of Students fees.

 

Refund instructions for former students without Portico access

A refund request form can be obtained from the Student Centre or by emailing the refunds team in the student fees office.