Student visa CAS deposits – Frequently Asked Questions
Deposits for foundation and taught masters courses as part of your visa preparations under the Student route.
International students preparing for a foundation course or a postgraduate taught masters degree course at Nottingham who will require a student visa (formerly a Tier 4 visa) must usually pay a tuition fee deposit as part of their visa preparation process, in order to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
This is separate from the course deposits required for some postgraduate masters courses in our Business School and School of Medicine, and some students may need to pay both deposits.
You can find out more about the visa application process in our 10 step guide.
I have an offer to start a foundation course this year
What is the CAS deposit process for foundation courses?
If you are an international student and you have applied for our Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate through the University of Nottingham International College (Kaplan pathway), this process will require a CAS deposit of £5,000 from you, to be paid to the College.
Applications and deposits for the University of Nottingham International College's foundation programmes are handled by the College. For further guidance on the deposit process, please contact the University of Nottingham International College.
If you have applied through UCAS to study a foundation course at Nottingham, you will not be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. You should respond to your offer through the standard UCAS process.
I have an offer to start a postgraduate taught masters course this year
Do I have to pay a CAS deposit?
If you are an international student who will require a student visa to study in the UK and you have applied for a one-year full time postgraduate taught masters degree course at the University of Nottingham, you will be required to pay CAS deposit of £2,000 (when you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer) as part of the process for preparing your student visa application.
Exceptions apply for:
- applicants who will complete a CELE presessional English course immediately prior to their postgraduate taught masters course
- applicants whose tuition fees will be paid by the University, a recognised sponsor, or whose full fees will be covered by a US Federal Student Aid loan. See below for further information.
Please note that we do not require a tuition fee deposit for bachelors degree courses, any other undergraduate programmes, or any research-based postgraduate courses (including PhD, MPhil, MA by research, MSc by research and MRes programmes).
Why do I need to pay a CAS deposit?
You must pay the CAS deposit so that an electronic Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) can be issued. A CAS is an essential document for students applying for a visa under the Student route. We can only issue a CAS for applicants who have received an unconditional offer, firmly accepted their offer, and paid any necessary CAS deposit. For further information about the CAS process, please see your CAS.
Paying the CAS deposit shows a firm commitment to study at Nottingham, which is why we can only issue a CAS to taught masters students who have paid this deposit (or provided proof of full sponsorship). Your deposit is an advance payment of tuition fees and will be deducted from the fees charged to you after you register for your course.
How soon should I pay the CAS deposit?
You should pay as soon as you receive an unconditional offer which you firmly accept. Paying the CAS deposit will then enable us to issue your CAS document as early as possible which you will need in order to make a student visa application.
You can submit a visa application up to six months before the start date of your course. We advise you to make your visa application as soon as possible once you have your CAS and all of the necessary supporting documentation.
If your course will commence within the next month and you have not yet paid your CAS deposit, see below to make sure you are aware of the final deadline.
Can I pay the CAS deposit if I have a conditional offer?
If you are preparing to study a postgraduate taught masters programme this year, you should only pay the CAS deposit when you are holding an unconditional offer which you have firmly accepted.
If your offer is conditional, you must meet all the conditions of your offer and receive an unconditional offer before paying your deposit. We cannot issue a CAS to any student with a conditional offer as it is not possible to apply for a student visa with a conditional offer.
If you decide to defer your offer to the next academic year, you will be required to pay the CAS deposit as part of the deferral process, even if your offer is still conditional. Please see below for further information.
Paying my CAS deposit
For a taught masters programme the CAS deposit will be £2,000. The maximum amount you can pay is the full tuition fee for your masters course.
How can I make the CAS deposit payment?
The quickest and easiest way to pay the deposit is via MyNottingham using a credit or debit card.
Alternative payment options are also available through the link to Student Fees and Payments page below.
If you pay online for your taught masters CAS deposit of £2,000, you will be able to print a receipt when the payment is made and you will be able to see the payment in the Finance area of your MyNottingham portal. The payment will also be included on the CAS which we issue in order for you to make your student visa application. We do not automatically issue receipts in hard copy.
Can I make more than one CAS deposit payment?
For a taught masters programme, we recommend that you decide how much you want to pay (bearing in mind the minimum amount of £2,000 and the maximum of your full course fee) and that you make only one payment if possible.
This will enable us to issue your CAS without complication or delay and to ensure that the full amount you have paid is reflected in the CAS in the first instance. If you make additional payments these will be added to your CAS but there may be a delay in this showing. You should wait until you receive confirmation from us that the payments have been added before making your visa application.
What is the latest date I can pay the CAS deposit?
We recommend that you pay the CAS deposit as soon as you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer to study at Nottingham so that we can prepare your CAS as early as possible. We cannot issue a CAS to any new students who are based overseas after their course has commenced.
The latest date we can issue a CAS to any new overseas student for courses starting on Monday 20 September 2021 is on Wednesday 15 September 2021. You must meet all offer conditions and receive an unconditional offer by Friday 3 September, and pay the deposit by Monday 13 September 2021.
For students commencing courses at any time of the year, the latest date we can issue a CAS will be three working days before the official start date of the course. The deposit must be paid (and all your conditions met) at least seven days before this.
If you are paying your deposit close to these deadlines, check our guidance on late arrival and make sure you can arrive in Nottingham before our registration deadline.
Can I get a refund if I can't come to the University?
Yes. If you do not attend your course through no fault of your own and do not request deferral to the next academic year, we will refund your CAS deposit payment minus a £100 administration fee. This is done on request.
If you have paid a CAS deposit to the University of Nottingham International College for a foundation programme you can claim a refund from the College directly under its own refund policies.
My studies will be funded by a scholarship, a sponsor or by US Federal Student Aid
Do I have to pay a CAS deposit if my fees will be paid by a sponsor?
We can waive the CAS deposit requirement for students whose fees will be fully paid by a recognised sponsor, upon receipt of appropriate evidence. If you are fully sponsored for your course fees, please provide a copy of your sponsorship letter by uploading it to your MyNottingham account. Find out how to provide your sponsorship letter.
The University will only accept sponsorship letters from recognised sponsors (overseas governments, international businesses, universities, trusts and charities, etc.) and not from friends or family members. If your family will pay your tuition fees, you or your family must pay the deposit.
Do I have to pay a CAS deposit if I will receive a US Federal Student Aid loan?
We can waive the deposit requirement for students from the USA who will receive loans from Federal Student Aid, providing the full cost of your tuition fees is covered by the loan.
CAS deposits will be automatically waived once your US Federal Student Aid Loan has been certified. If you have any queries about the US Federal Student Aid process, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to pay a CAS deposit if I have been awarded a scholarship by the University?
If you have been awarded a full tuition fee scholarship (100% of your tuition fees) by the University of Nottingham, we will waive the requirement for a tuition fee deposit. You must confirm acceptance of your scholarship if you have not already done so, but you do not need to provide further confirmation of your scholarship as we will have a record of your scholarship offer and will waive your deposit.
If you have been awarded a partial scholarship (less than 100% of your tuition fees), you are still required to pay the deposit or to provide a sponsorship letter from a recognised sponsor confirming funding of the remaining fees.
If you have any queries about your scholarship, please contact our Scholarships Team on:email@example.com
Do I have to pay a CAS deposit if my fees will be paid by a combination of different funding bodies?
As long as 100% of your tuition fees will be covered by recognised funding bodies – including the University of Nottingham, one or more recognised sponsors, or US Federal Student Aid – we will be happy to waive your tuition fee deposit.
This is common for students who have been awarded a partial scholarship from the University (e.g. 50% of tuition fees) and receive funding from a sponsor for their remaining tuition fees, or whose fees are jointly funded by two sponsors.
I wish to defer my offer
Are there deadlines I need to be aware of for requesting a deferral?
Yes, the deadline to request a deferral from the Admissions team is one calendar month from the start date of the course.
Do I need to pay the CAS deposit if I am deferring my entry?
Yes. If you have requested permission to defer your offer (whether conditional or unconditional) from Nottingham and have not already paid a CAS deposit, you will be required to do so. You need to have requested your deferral and paid the £2000 deposit no later than one calendar month after the original start date of the course.
If you have already paid a CAS deposit of at least £2,000 you will not need to pay any further deposit when deferring.
Paying the CAS deposit shows a firm commitment to attend Nottingham. The deposit will be held by the University as an advance payment against your tuition fee account for the year the course is expected to start and you will not be required to pay any further deposit to receive a CAS.
If you are unable to meet the conditions of your offer or do not attend for reasons which are outside of your control, we will refund your tuition fee deposit payment minus a £100 administration fee.
Should I pay the deposit if I am deferring a conditional offer?
Yes, if you wish to defer your offer. Although we ask applicants who are planning to attend a course this year not to pay their deposit until their offer is unconditional, students who wish to defer their offer must pay a deposit to secure their offer for the following academic year, whether their offer status is conditional or unconditional.
If you are unable to meet the conditions of your offer or do not attend in the next academic year for any other reason, we can refund your tuition fee deposit payment minus a £100 administration fee.
How can I pay the deposit to defer my offer?
Please follow the link to Paying the University. Alternatively, please email the Visa and Immigration team.
If you have any further questions about tuition fee deposits, please do not hesitate to contact the Visa and Immigration team on: