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Learn all the ways to finance your tuition fees, how to pay, and when payments are due.

Sponsored or employer-funded students

We will invoice your sponsor directly. So that we can do this, you must send the following to invoicing@shu.ac.uk each academic year:

  • proof of sponsorship
  • name and address for the fees invoice

Proof of sponsorship can be a purchase order, or a confirmation letter on your sponsor's official letterhead. It should include your name, course, year, and sponsorship amount.

Send these details as soon as you can. If you do not send them within two weeks of enrolment, we will invoice you for your fees.

Your sponsor must pay within 30 days of the date shown on the invoice. If they do not do so, you will be expected to pay your tuition fees.

Apprenticeships

The majority of our apprenticeship courses are funded partly by the government's Skills Funding Agency, and partly by your employer. Your fee sponsorship arrangements will be set out in the employer sponsor letter.

Self-financing students

We will send an invoice that explains what you need to pay, and when. The instalment plan we offer you depends on:

  • whether you are studying full-time or part-time
  • whether you are a home or international student
  • your fee amounts

Sometimes invoices come late. If this happens, we cannot extend the due dates for your payments.

Payment dates

Check your fee instalment deadlines using our payment tables below.

Undergraduate and PGCE students

Fees less than £300 Fees between £301–£600 Fees greater than £601
UK and part-time international student deadlines Due 14 days after invoice date in semester 1 Full-time: Due 1 February (September start), 1 September  (January start)

Part-time: 50% due in semester 1 and remainder on 1 February  (September start) or 1 September (January start)
Full-time: Due 1 February (September start), 1 September (January start)

Part-time: For September start, 25% due in semester 1, 1 December, 1 February, and 1 April

For January start, 25% due in semester 1, 1 May, 1 September, and 1 November
Full-time international student deadlines 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February  (September start) or 1 September (January start) 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start)

Postgraduate taught students

Fees less than £300 Fees between £301–£600 Fees greater than £601
UK students Due 14 days after invoice date in semester 1 50% due in semester 1 and the remainder on 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) For September start, 33% are due in semester 1 and on 1 February, and 34% 1 May

For January start, 33% are due in semester 1 and on 1 June, and 34% on 1 September 
International students 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start)

All other postgraduate students

Fees less than £300 Fees between £301–£600 Fees greater than £601
UK students and international distance learning students Due 14 days after invoice date in semester 1 50% due in semester 1 and the remainder on 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) For September start, 25% due in semester 1, 1 December, 1 February, and 1 April

For January start, 25% due in semester 1, 1 May, 1 September, and 1 November
International research-focused students 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start) 50% due before enrolment, 50% due 1 February (September start) or 1 September (January start)

Tuition fee deposits

If you are an international full-time taught student, you need to pay a deposit to secure your place.

  • For students domiciled in South Asia, including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the deposit is £3,000
  • For all other international students, the deposit is £1,000

You must also pay 50% of your tuition fee (minus any deposit) before you enrol. You will need to do this at the start of each year of study.

If you are refused a visa, or in some other exceptional circumstances, you will be refunded your tuition fees.

Find out about payment methods and refunds.

What happens if my fees are not paid?

You need to stay up-to-date with payments and clear of debts while studying.

Your fee bill will include a due date for payment.If payment is not received by the due date you could

  • lose access to IT
  • not be allowed to enrol
  • be withdrawn from your course and lose your funding
  • lose visa sponsorship
  • not get your certificate or letter of award confirmation
  • not be able to attend your graduation ceremony
  • have formal third party recovery action taken

If you are withdrawn from your course of study you will have to re-apply to continue studying with us.

There is more information in our Assessment of Students in Debt Policy.

If you have applied for a loan from the Student Loans Company  

If we don't get confirmation that your tuition fee loan has been approved, we will treat you as a self-financing student and send you invoices for your fees.

If your loan is approved after you get an invoice from us, let us know as soon as possible. We will refund any tuition fees you have paid for that academic year.

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