Paying your tuition fees
- Information for international students
- Advice about paying your fees
- Scholarships and Sponsorship
- US Financial Aid
- Paying in installments
- Refund information
Financial guidance for international students
Paying your fees is a key step towards joining the University, and you can find the various methods of payment above. Please always read the important information below before making your payment.
When you accept an Unconditional Offer you will be invited you to pay your fees and access the applicant portal. This is the first step in order to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for a tier 4 student Visa application. When you make your payment, it is important you follow the below instructions and advice:
- It is imperitive that for any method of payment made by you, or a payee makes on your behalf, that your London Met University ID number (8 Digits) is clearly indicated as the payment reference. Failure to do this will cause a delay in the processing of the payment to your student/applicant record.
- You should only make one payment to receive your CAS, making multiple payments will seriously delay the processing of a CAS.
Please see the following page: The CAS Application Process: New Students for further advice.
Advice about paying your fees
To pay your fees you should select one of the options on the Bar above. please ensure you are clear on how much you should pay and when you should make your payment. Please see below:
When should you pay
It is not advisable to pay your fee until you have been issued and have accepted an Unconditional Offer, and you have been invited to make a payment. You should make a maximum of one deposit payment per course, and pay for each course separately. If you hold an unconditional Offer for an English language course (or other one semester course) you should only pay for this course initially. We will ask you to pay for your main (follow on) academic course separately at a later stage.
PLEASE NOTE: Student's who do not require a CAS for a Tier 4 student visa do not need to make a payment until enrolment.
How much you should pay
Most students will be asked to pay 50% of the their course fee (for the 1st year for undergraduate courses). Students undertaking English language courses, or any other course of less than 9 months in duration, MUST pay 100% of this short course course fee. You do not need to pay for your main (follow on) course, if you are taking one, until we invite you to do so.
You can find the tutition fee cost for your course on your offer email or on the course page of your chosen course from our course listings webpages.
What happens next: Tier 4 students
Students who are intending to apply for a Tier 4 (general) student Visa should keep, and be able to produce, a copy of their payment receipt/document in order to obtain their CAS from us. We will request this from you as part of the CAS request process.
Once you have made your payment you should login to the Applicant Portal and proceed to request your CAS and provide the necessary details and information. Please see the following page: The CAS Application Process: New Students for further advice.
Scholarship Winners and Sponsored Students
There are some exceptions to paying fees for students with Scholarships and Sponsorship Confirmation:
- Full London Met Scholarship Winners will not be asked to pay any amount of tuition fee deposit, but will require an official letter confirming the award of the Scholarship.
- Partial London Met Scholarship Winners will receive the scholarship amount they have been awarded as an reduction in your annual course fee on their Confirmation for Acceptance for Studies (CAS), PLEASE NOTE: The minimum 50% deposit payment is still required.
- Sponsored students do not need to pay a deposit if they are sponsored by a recognised sponsoring organisation. In order to be issued with a CAS, sponsored students must supply a scanned copy of an Official Financial Guarantee/Sponsorship Confirmation Letter which must clearly indicate the funds made available for sponsorship.
(PLEASE NOTE: If you are eligible for any other London Metropolitan partial or full scholarship, you may only receive one of these scholarships, usually the highest value scholarship)
Private or Bank Loan Funding
Evidence of a loan application (in process or granted) are not defined as sponsorship and cannot be used a proof of sponsorship. The normal 50% payment will be required to obtain a CAS in such cases.
US Financial Aid (United States Only)
Those who have applied and who will be in receipt of William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan funding are not defined as sponsored students.
In order to be issued with a CAS, those who plan to fund their studies with William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan funding must:
- Demonstrate that they have an in-process application for Direct Loan funds from the 1st of July (preceding the September of entry)
- Arrange for the payment of a deposit amount of £1,000 in advance in order to be issued with a CAS.
Those who have applied for, and who will be in receipt of William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan funding, are not defined as sponsored students. In order to begin the CAS process, those who plan to fund their studies with William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan funding must first have completed their:
- Cost of attendance,
- Entrance counseling,
- Master promissory note and credit check (if appropriate),
- FAFSA online,
- Arrangements for the payment of a deposit amount of £1,000 in advance.
- Forward all necessary documents to the financial aid administrator. See our advice: How to apply for US Financial Aid
Paying in Installments
The University allows students to arrange to pay their fees in two instalments. If you do not need a Student Visa to study at London Met you will not need to pay your fees until enrolment. These arangements can be made at enrolment as follows:
- All students must pay 50% of their headline fee (or First Year fee for Undergraduates) at enrolment or before if obtaining a CAS number for a student Visa.
- The remainder must be paid within 3 months thereafter (see table below).
- Example: If a student starts in September and the overall fees are £10,080 and the student is eligible for a £1000 partial scholarship, they would then pay £5,040 at or before enrolment and then £4,040 by 31st of December.
PLEASE NOTE: Students on single-semester courses are not able to pay in instalments. Students paying by instalments are not eligible for early-payment discounts.
|Entry point||1st Instalment (50% of tuition fee)||2nd Instalment (reminder of tuition fee)|
Starting in the Autumn Semester
|50% payable by or at enrolment||2nd instalment payable by 31 December in the same calendar year|
Starting in the Spring Semester
|50% payable by or at enrolment||2nd instalment payable by 31 May in the same calendar year|
Tuition fee refunds
Tuition fees are normally fully refundable in case of visa rejection. Students must provide sufficient evidence of the visa rejection to the Finance Office and a request for the funds to be refunded. Please be aware that it will only be possible to refund applicants in the following circumstances:
1. Your Visa Application is rejected
You have used the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number issued by London Metropolitan University to apply for a UK Student Visa and your visa application is refused. Evidence must be supplied demonstrating that your visa application has been refused by providing your Refusal of Entry Clearance (REC) as issued by the Home Office. You should supply this evidence via My Immigration Information Portal in the first instance by uploading a scanned copy of the document.
2. Your Visa Application was successful but you did not enter the UK
You have used the CAS number issued by London Metropolitan University to apply for a UK Tier 4 Visa and your visa application was successful but you did not enter the UK. Please note that a deposit refund will not be paid until UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have confirmed that you have not entered the UK and the CAS number issued by London Metropolitan University and the related Visa is cancelled. A deposit will not be paid if you have entered the UK.
3. You did not use your CAS to apply for Tier 4 UK Student Visa
You have not used the CAS number issued by London Metropolitan University to apply for a Tier 4 UK Student Visa and evidence can be supplied or is available to this effect.
- Deposit refunds will not be processed until you have supplied the required evidence. Any returned funds will be processed 30 days after notification.
- If you arrived at the University and enrolled on your course but then subsequently withdrew from your studies, please contact the Department of Academic Administration.
- A refund will not be possible if you have used the CAS number issued by London Metropolitan University to apply for and obtain Tier 4 UK Student Visa, and you have used this visa to enter the UK.
- An administrative fee of £50.00 will be charged and deducted from any deposit amount returned.
- In all cases, you'll be required to follow up the Income Collection department at firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of a Visa Refusal and/or that you have not entered the UK.
Immigration Information for Tier 4 International Students
Find out when and how you can get your CAS
If you are a non EU/EEA national you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) as part of your student Visa application.
Read this essential information so that you can make a successful application for your Tier 4 student Visa.
Extending your current UK Visa?
Find useful advice about how to apply to extend your student Visa from within the UK.
Find out about the visa route available for those undertaking short periods of study at London Met