This guidance explains how you can find out what your programme will cost and the different ways you can pay your tuition fees.
Paying fees - reminder
Fee payments cannot be made in person at the Student Enquiries Centre. Please see below for full details on how to pay.
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 UCL Students' Union. 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:
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.
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. The exception to this is Overseas undergraduate students, as UCL implemented ‘Fixed Fees’ for new students from 2018-19.
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 online fee schedule or prospectus page. You can pay for each yearly fee in three instalments.
Modular (flexible) students
Some postgraduate taught and MRes programmes are available on a modular basis. Modular study lasts between 2 and 5 years. This is different to a part-time study 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 contact Student Fees.
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.
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 / modular
- Undergraduates on a course-unit programme pay for every module they repeat.
- Undergraduates on a non-course-unit programme pay 50% of the full-time fee.
- Postgraduate part-time repeat or modular students pay fees based on the credit weighting of the module(s) being repeated.
IOE Repeat placement fees
- £900 in 2020-21
- £900 in 2021-22
- £900 in 2022-23
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.
If you're planning on studying abroad as part of your degree, the Study Abroad website will tell you how that will affect your fees.
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.
Channel Islands/Isle of Man students will pay tuition fees at the following rates:
- Undergraduate - pay the UK/EU fee rates
- Postgraduate, MRes and Research - pay the Overseas fee rates
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:
- a sponsored student
- funded by Student Finance England, or an equivalent regional authority
- receiving a scholarship or studentship
- receiving sponsorship from other sources
- receiving an NHS Bursary
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.
If you have a UCL login you can pay through Portico using your debit or credit card. 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 UCL student number to use this service. If you receive an error message and are unable to pay online, you will need to wait for your student record for the new academic year to be created. Please try again at a later date or pay by Bank Transfer (details are further below).
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.
If you are starting a Postgraduate programme and have been asked, by UCL Admissions, to pay a deposit (also known as a Financial Deposit) before you enrol, it must be paid online and not by bank transfer. Please ensure you select 'Financial Deposits' when paying online.
If you are paying tuition fees (not a Financial Deposit) either before or after you enrol, you may pay direct to our bank or online. If you want to instruct your bank or pay through BACS (bank transfer) you must use these details:
Account Name: University College London
UCL Account Number: 70197157
UCL Sort Code: 20 10 79
Bank Address: Barclays Bank PLC, 15-17 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BJ
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's 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.
We are currently unable to accept cheques or banker's drafts due to precautions being taken as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
For security reasons, we do not accept cash in payment of fees and you cannot pay cash directly into our account.
There is no need for you to provide written evidence of your funding to the Student Fees team. 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.
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.
If the Student Fees team 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.
Please email this evidence to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘Sponsorship evidence - STUDENT NUMBER’ (please ensure your UCL student number is quoted in the subject heading). An invoice will then be issued to your sponsor in Term 1 and they're expected to pay in full for the academic year within 28 days.
During very busy periods, it can take us a few weeks to add your sponsorship to your record, so don't worry if you can't see your sponsorship details on Portico for a while. If they haven't appeared on Portico by 31 October, please contact us.
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 the NHS website. Please note that failure to apply on time could result in you becoming personally liable for your fees.
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’.
Any deposit paid will be deducted from your first tuition fee instalment.
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 to any alternative email account entered during the payment process. Students may print receipts and invoices through Portico.
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, 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:
- Click on MyMoney
- Click on "Financial Statement"
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. Alternatively, you can transfer all or 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 by sending us an email.