Tuition Fee Deposits - Frequently Asked Questions
I have an offer to start a foundation course in 2017
What is the deposit process for foundation courses?
If you are an international student and you have applied for our Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate, your application will be handled by the University of Nottingham International College, including the tuition fee deposit process. Applications and deposits for The University of Nottingham International College’s foundation programmes are also handled by the College. For further guidance on the College’s deposit process, please contact: The University of Nottingham International College.
If you have applied through UCAS to study our Science Foundation Certificate (UCAS code CFGZ), 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 in 2017
Do I have to pay a tuition fee deposit?
If you are an international student who will require a 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 in the 2017/18 academic year, you will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit of at least £2,000 (when you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer) as part of the process for preparing your Tier 4 student visa application
Exceptions apply for students 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 ‘My studies will be funded by a scholarship, a sponsor or by US Federal Student Aid’ 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 tuition fee deposit?
You must pay the tuition fee 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 student visa under Tier 4 of the Points Based System (PBS). We can only issue a CAS for applicants who have received an unconditional offer, firmly accepted their offer, and paid any necessary tuition fee deposit. For further information about the CAS process, see obtaining your CAS.
Paying the tuition fee 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 deposit?
You should pay as soon as you receive an unconditional offer which you firmly accept. Paying the deposit will then enable us to issue your CAS document as early as possible which you will need in order to make a Tier 4 student visa application.
You can submit a visa application up to three months before the start date of your course. We advise you to make your visa application as soon as possible after this date and once you have all of the necessary supporting documentation.
If your course will commence within the next month and you have not yet paid your deposit, see ‘What is the latest date I can pay the deposit?’ below to make sure you are aware of the final deadline.
If you have received an offer for an MSc or MBA programme from Nottingham University Business School, please see ‘I have an offer from the Business School’ below for further information on additional requirements.
Can I pay the deposit if I have conditional offer?
If you are preparing for a postgraduate taught masters programme (other than a Business School masters programme) starting in 2017, you must only pay the 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 Tier 4 student visa with a conditional offer.
If you decide to defer your offer to the next academic year, you will be required to pay a deposit as part of the deferral process, even if your offer is still conditional. Please see ‘I wish to defer my offer to next year’ below for further information.
I need to pay my deposit
The minimum deposit required will be £2,000. The maximum amount you can pay is the full tuition fee for your masters course.
How can I make the deposit payment?
The quickest and easiest way to pay the deposit is via the applicant portal using a credit or debit card.
Alternative payment options are also available. For further information see paying the University.
If you pay online via the applicant portal, you will be able to print a receipt when the payment is made and you will be able to see the payment via the portal. The payment will also be included on the CAS which we issue in order for you to make your Tier 4 student visa application. We do not automatically issue receipts in hard copy.
Can I make more than one tuition fee deposit payment?
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. If you make additional payments these will be added to your CAS but there may be a delay and you should wait until you receive confirmation from us that the payments have been added before making your visa application.
We recommend that you pay the 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 25 September 2017 is on Wednesday 20 September 2017. The deposit must be paid (and all your conditions met) at least 7 days before this, by Wednesday 13 September 2017.
For students commencing courses at any time of the year, the latest date we can issue a CAS will be 3 working days before the official start date of the course. The deposit must be paid (and all your conditions met) at least 7 days before this.
Will I get a refund if I can’t come to the University?
Yes. If you do not attend our course and do not request deferral to the next academic year, we will refund your tuition fee deposit payment minus a £100 administration fee.
Exceptions may apply for masters courses within Nottingham University Business School. Please see ‘I have an offer from the Business School’ below for further information.
Do I have to pay a deposit if my fees will be paid by a sponsor?
We can waive the 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 send a copy of your sponsorship letter, quoting your full name and application ID number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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: email@example.com
Do I have to pay a deposit if I have been awarded a scholarship by The University of Nottingham?
If you have been awarded a full tuition fee scholarship (100% of your tuition fees) by the University, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to pay a 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.
What is the deposit process for masters programmes from the Business School?
Students who have applied for MSc or MBA programmes in Nottingham University Business School are required to make two separate payments while preparing for study at Nottingham: a reservation fee of £2,000 to secure a place on the course and a tuition fee deposit of at least £2,000 to obtain a CAS.
When you receive an offer for a masters programme from the Business School which you wish to accept, you must pay a reservation fee within a specified period to confirm your acceptance of the offer and reserve a place on the course. As the Business School’s courses are in high demand, your place on the course can only be reserved when you have paid the reservation fee. The Business School will provide information about this process when they issue your offer, including payment instructions and your deadline for paying the reservation fee.
Please note that the reservation fee of £2,000 required by the Business School is separate from the £2,000 tuition fee deposit required for issuing a CAS. Students who have paid the reservation fee when accepting their offer from the Business School must also pay a deposit of at least £2,000 (up to a maximum of the full course fee) when their offer is unconditional in order to receive a CAS. Please refer to the sections above for further guidance on when and how to pay the £2,000 tuition fee deposit.
What is the refund policy for Business School Reservation fees?
Both the reservation fee and tuition fee deposit for issuing a CAS are handled as advance tuition fee payments and will be deducted from the fees charged to you after you register for your course. Please see ‘I wish to defer my offer to next year’ below for guidance on deferring your offer.
We will return your reservation fee to you if you hold a conditional offer but fail to satisfy the conditions of the offer, or if you are unable to attend the course because of a visa refusal. The reservation fee is non-refundable in any other circumstances. Any tuition fee deposit paid for obtaining a CAS can be refunded (minus a £100 administration fee) if you do not attend.
If you have any queries about the reservation fee process, please contact email@example.com
Do I need to pay the deposit if I am deferring my entry?
Yes. If you have requested permission to defer your offer from Nottingham until the following academic year and have not already paid a tuition fee deposit, you will be required to pay the deposit of at least £2,000 (up to a maximum of the full fee for your course) within a specified period as part of the deferral process. If you have already paid a tuition fee deposit of at least £2,000 you will not need to pay any further deposit when deferring.
Note that if you have paid only a £1,000 reservation fee to accept an offer for an MSc programme at Nottingham University Business School, you must pay the tuition fee deposit of at least £2,000 when requesting deferral of this offer.
Paying the deposit shows a firm commitment to attend Nottingham in the next academic year. 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.
Should I pay the deposit if I have a conditional offer?
Yes, if you wish to defer your offer. Although we ask applicants who are planning to attend in 2016 not to pay their deposit until their offer is unconditional, students who wish to defer their offer to 2016 must pay a deposit to secure their 2017 offer, 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 will refund your tuition fee deposit payment minus a £100 administration fee.
How can I pay the deposit to defer my offer?
When you request to defer your offer, Admissions will contact you to provide information and instructions about deferring your offer, including payment instructions and your deadline for paying the tuition fee deposit.
What is the deferral process for masters programmes from the Business School?
If you have paid a reservation fee to accept a masters offer for Nottingham University Business School, this will be used for deferring your offer. Note that if you have paid only a £1,000 reservation fee to accept an offer for an MSc programme in the Business School, you must pay a further £1,000 (£2,000 in total) as tuition fee deposit when requesting deferral of this offer. You will then need to pay another reservation fee (of £1,000 or an MSc course or £2,000 for an MBA) when accepting the new offer to study in the following year.
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