Fees and funding

How to pay your fees

Find out how and when to pay your tuition fees.

Fees are payable for each academic year, or part thereof, or each stage of the programme, where fees are not payable on an annual basis. Fees are revised (that is, increased) subject to annual review. Fees are payable by students continuing on programmes of study in subsequent years.

The University reserves the right to cancel the registration of a student who has not paid the requisite annual composition fees, or who owes the University any sums of money whatsoever. In the event of a student failing, for any reason, to complete a programme of study, the University shall not be under any obligation to return any part of the fees paid by, or on behalf of, the student.

FInd out about the different payment methods for tuition fees.

Undergraduate students

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Once registered, students paying fees by instalment are expected to settle their accounts promptly as indicated on their email invoices.

Fees are subject to annual review and revised fees are payable by students continuing on programmes of study in subsequent years. In the event of a student failing for any reason to complete a programme of study the University is not under any obligation to return any part of the fees paid by the student, or on behalf of the student.

International students

You are expected to pay tuition fees upon arrival at the University, or bring evidence that you are in receipt of a scholarship which includes payment of the full fees direct to the University. An invoice will be sent to your University email account, and you will be expected to pay the first instalment, equal to 50 per cent of your fees, within the first four weeks of the semester. If you are sponsored by your Government or sponsoring agency, you are responsible for ensuring that the University receives the correct sponsorship letter.

You may want to pay part or all of your first year’s tuition fees in advance to help when applying for a Tier 4 student visa. You can do this through the e-payment gateway. Please mark any payments “UG fees” and include your full name and student number.

Sponsored students

Please note: applicants who are funded by their family are not regarded as sponsored and are required to pay their tuition fees as detailed above.

Only tuition fees should be paid to the University of Surrey - all subsistence payments should be made directly to students.

Evidence of sponsorship

If you are being sponsored, evidence of sponsorship must be issued by an authorised officer of the official sponsoring body and must have a recent date of issue. The letter should be on company headed paper and should clearly state:

  • Your name and University number
  • The programme for which you have been offered a place
  • The level of fees that will be paid by the company
  • The address the invoice should be sent to
  • That the fees will be paid directly to the University of Surrey

Please upload evidence of sponsorship to Surrey Self-Service.

International students can only be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once satisfactory evidence of sponsorship has been received.

If you are being sponsored by the University, either through a Research Council grant or departmental scholarship, your funding information will be sent to the Admissions Team by your department. You do not need to arrange for a letter to be sent.

Payment by sponsor

If your sponsor subsequently fails to pay fees within 30 days of an invoice being issued, the University may no longer recognise them as a sponsor and you will then be invoiced as a self-funded student. 

Your tuition fees at Surrey may be referred to as ‘composition fees’. Composition fees include tuition, registration, examination/assessment (but not re-examination/assessment) and membership of the Students’ Union.

Postgraduate students

Deposits and deadlines

In order to firmly accept a postgraduate offer of admission at the University of Surrey, applicants are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 towards the fee. If the total fee for the year is less than £4,000, applicants are required to pay at least 50 per cent in order to register.

For the majority of programmes starting in September/October, the deadline to firmly accept your offer is 1 July. Some programmes however, operate an early deposit deadline; applicants should refer to Surrey Self-Service for specifics dates. If you pay the deposit after this deadline you will still be considered for entry, subject to places being available on the programme.

For programmes starting at any other times of the year, the deposit must be paid no less than 10 days prior to the start of the programme.

Paying the balance

Tuition fees are payable at the beginning of each academic year, however, we offer all self-funded students the opportunity to pay in instalments.

For programmes starting in September/October: after you have paid your deposit, the first instalment of 50 per cent of your tuition fee is payable 10 days after the date of your invoice, coinciding with the start of Semester 1.

The second instalment – the balance of the fee – is payable on or before 31 January, coinciding with the start of Semester 2.

If you are a postgradaute research student starting a programme in January, April or July or a postgraduate taught student starting in February, the full fee is due 10 days from the date of your invoice. Paymen of the balance of your fees is due on receipt of your tuition fee invoice, raised after starting your course. Invoices will be emailed to your University email address following registration.

If you have been accepted for the Postgraduate Loan, and are having difficulties in paying your fees before your first instalment is due, please contact our student finance team at student-receivables@surrey.ac.uk, once you are in receipt of a tuition fee invoice. 

Deposit refund policy

The deposit paid to the University can only be refunded for one of the following reasons:

  • Refusal of a student visa for overseas applicants
    The University will refund the deposit, if proof of the visa rejection has been sent and the University can verify via the UKVI system that the individual has been rejected and refused entry to the UK. A £100 administrative payment which covers the administrative time as well as the cost of issuing a CAS certificate will be deducted.
  • The University is unable to offer the place
    If the University closes a course, or indeed cannot fulfil its offer of a place, we will refund the entire deposit.
  • The applicant has not met the conditions of their offer
    The University will refund the deposit if proof that the applicant has not met the criteria has been sent to us. A £100 administrative payment which covers the administrative time as well as the cost of issuing a CAS certificate will be deducted.

How to request a refund

A refund request form can be obtained by contacting admissions@surrey.ac.uk. The form must be completed and returned to admissions@surrey.ac.uk within six weeks of the original start date of your course. 

Cases will be assessed on an individual basis and you will be informed of the result by email.

Should any student be found to use fraudulent documents at the time of application or at the time of applying for entry clearance, no refund will be given.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Once registered, students paying fees by instalment are expected to settle their accounts promptly as indicated on their email invoices.

Fees are subject to annual review and revised fees are payable by students continuing on programmes of study in subsequent years. In the event of a student failing for any reason to complete a programme of study the University is not under any obligation to return any part of the fees paid by the student, or on behalf of the student.

International students

You will have received information about payment of tuition fees through the Applicant Portal. Once you have accepted your unconditional offer and satisfied the requirement below with regards to your fees, and obtained your ATAS certificate if required, a CAS can be issued for your Tier 4 visa.

You must either:

  • Pay a deposit of £2,000 or the full tuition fees
    or
  • Provide formal proof from a sponsor that you are in receipt of a scholarship (family members or relatives are not considered a sponsor) which will be paid directly to the University and which will cover your tuition fees in full. It is important that your sponsor provides a letter that is acceptable to the University.  You are responsible for ensuring that this letter is on file so that the invoice for your tuition fees can be sent directly to the sponsor.

Sponsored students

Please note: applicants who are funded by their family are not regarded as sponsored and are required to pay their tuition fees as detailed above.

Only tuition fees should be paid to the University of Surrey - all subsistence payments should be made directly to students.

Evidence of sponsorship

If you are being sponsored, evidence of sponsorship must be issued by an authorised officer of the official sponsoring body and must have a recent date of issue. The letter should be on company headed paper and should clearly state:

  • Your name and University number
  • The programme for which you have been offered a place
  • The level of fees that will be paid by the company
  • The address the invoice should be sent to
  • That the fees will be paid directly to the University of Surrey

Please upload evidence of sponsorship to Surrey Self-Service.

International students can only be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once satisfactory evidence of sponsorship has been received.

If you are being sponsored by the University, either through a Research Council grant or departmental scholarship, your funding information will be sent to the Admissions Team by your department. You do not need to arrange for a letter to be sent.

Payment by sponsor

If your sponsor subsequently fails to pay fees within 30 days of an invoice being issued, the University may no longer recognise them as a sponsor and you will then be invoiced as a self-funded student. 

Your tuition fees at Surrey may be referred to as ‘composition fees’. Composition fees include tuition, registration, examination/assessment (but not re-examination/assessment) and membership of the Students’ Union.