Tuition fee deposits for postgraduate Masters applicants

If you are a taught postgraduate applicant to Leeds* who needs a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK the University requires you to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500. This deposit is to be paid after you have met all your academic and language conditions and accepted your unconditional offer. Your right then to withdraw and ask for a refund of the deposit is very limited (please see our frequently asked questions below).

We will only issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) after you have supplied all necessary data (eg passport details) and  paid your tuition fee deposit. You will need this CAS number to make a Tier 4 (General) student visa application.

The University of Leeds requires a tuition fee deposit before issuing a CAS for a number of reasons including to meet good practice standards as a Tier 4 Sponsor of Tier 4 students and to help give you the best chance of a smooth visa application. Your tuition fee deposit payment also demonstrates your commitment to the University of Leeds. This commitment helps us to plan our resources and ensure you have the best possible experience when you arrive in Leeds.

The tuition fee deposit will be deducted from your course tuition fee and will be shown on your CAS. This ensures that visa officials know you have made an advance payment. You are able to make additional payments if you wish.

Exemptions

Applicants who are sponsored by a University of Leeds recognised sponsor are not required to pay a tuition fee deposit but must provide appropriate evidence of official sponsorship. The definition of a University-recognised sponsor includes national governments, corporations or employers, national and international charities and universities, but does not include family members or friends.

*Special rules apply to School of Dentistry postgraduate applicants. Please see course listings for details.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to pay a tuition fee deposit?

Tuition fee deposits are paid by taught postgraduate applicants who will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to study in the UK and require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from the University to make their visa application.

Paying the tuition fee deposit is compulsory across all postgraduate taught courses, unless you are sponsored by a University-recognised sponsor.

How much is the tuition fee deposit? Is it an extra cost?

The tuition fee deposit is set at £1,500 but you can pay more if you wish. Any payment made will be deducted from the total tuition fee.

The tuition fee deposit is not an additional cost. Any tuition fee payments you make, plus any tuition fee payment still to pay, will be displayed on your Application Portal under the My CAS Payments section (when the payment has cleared).

When do I need to pay my tuition fee deposit?

After you have accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a course, the University will email you to confirm your acceptance and request your deposit payment. The email will tell you how to pay.

There is no formal deadline to pay the deposit. However, we recommend that you pay as soon as you are able to after you receive the confirmation email. It is your responsibility to complete this stage with enough time for a CAS to be issued ahead of applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa before the start of the course. Please check the visa processing times to check how long you may have to wait for a decision on your visa application to ensure that you allow enough time for this to be processed ahead of your course start date. Please note, the University of Leeds reserves theright not to assign a CAS if there is not enough time between the deposit payment being received and the latest possible start date to join your course.

In order to be eligible to pay the tuition fee deposit, you must:

  • inform us on your application form that you are funding your own studies (Please contact us if you wish to change what was declared on the application form)
  • receive and accept an unconditional offer
  • provide all the relevant information required for a CAS (current passport details that you will use to travel with)
  • have received an email to request your deposit payment. The email will detail how to pay. Please note, this email will be sent to applicants (and agents if you applied through an agency).

For all courses, payments of the tuition fee deposit should not be made prior to receipt of the email request or when the offer is at the conditional stage.

How can I pay my tuition fee deposit?

You can either pay by credit or debit card using our online payment system, or you can pay by bank transfer via Flywire (a payment service for overseas student fees). Payment options will be detailed in your Application Portal when you have reached that stage.

When will I receive my CAS?

We will issue your CAS as soon as we can after you have supplied all necessary data (eg passport details) and paid your tuition fee deposit. You will need this CAS number to make a Tier 4 (General) student visa application.

Please note that under Home Office rules we can only issue a CAS six months before the start date of your course. We usually begin assigning CASes from April for taught masters applicants.

You will be able to apply for a visa up to three months before the start date of your course. We recommend that you complete your visa preparations, including paying your tuition fee deposit to get your CAS in good time as it can take several weeks for the Home Office to process your visa.

I am a sponsored student. Do I need to pay the tuition fee deposit?

Applicants who are fully funded for fee purposes by a University-recognised sponsor do not need to pay a tuition fee deposit. However, you do need to provide official proof of your sponsorship.

Please note, that you need to provide the confirmation of the sponsorship, and not the sponsorship application in order to be exempt from paying the deposit.

If you a partially funded student (eg will receive a partial scholarship but not a full tuition fee scholarship), you will be required to pay the tuition fee deposit.

The definition of a University-recognised sponsor includes national governments, corporations/employers, national and international charities and universities, but does not include family members or friends.

If you are not able to provide proof of sponsorship by a University-recognised sponsor you will be required to pay the deposit before we will issue a CAS. If you subsequently secure proof of full sponsorship, the deposit will be refunded minus a £40 processing fee.

You will receive an email when you have accepted your unconditional offer that will request that you provide details of your exemption from paying the deposit. If you are a sponsored student, then you will need to select the appropriate exemption reason in your Applicant Portal and upload relevant evidence (see above) in order to be made exempt from paying the deposit.

If you do not have the relevant evidence at the point of receiving the email, then you may send the evidence at a later date by creating an Enquiry in your Applicant Portal. Please select ‘Fees and Funding’ > ‘Tuition Fee Deposit’ as the enquiry topic to ensure that this is received by the correct team.

I have a tuition fee scholarship/bursary from the University of Leeds. Do I still need to pay a fee deposit?

You will still need to pay the tuition fee deposit, unless your scholarship covers your full course fees.

I am planning on studying at the University of Leeds Language Centre. Do I need to pay the tuition fee deposit?

All students studying a summer pre-sessional English Langauge course at the University of Leeds will need to pay the tuition fee deposit.

If you accept an offer for a combined pre-sessional English Language course and Masters course, you will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Your offer will be an unconditional combined offer. You will receive an email requesting payment of the deposit once you accept the unconditional combined offer.

Students studying an English language course that is not a summer pre-sessional course at the University of Leeds Language Centre will not be required to pay a tuition fee deposit.

In what circumstances will you refund my fee deposit?

You have two limited so-called "cooling off" periods when you can request a return of your deposit. These periods reflect the arrangements around your offer, and then later when registration, are concluded. Mitigating circumstances will also be considered for a refund request.

First period – you may request a return of your deposit up until 14 days from when the University confirms to you by email that it has received your deposit.

Second period – when you have completed registration you may request a return of your deposit within the following 14 days.

You must make a request in writing for the return of your deposit within the above periods. For the first period all requests should be made by creating an enquiry in the My Enquiries section of your Applicant Portal. Please select ‘Fees and Funding’ > ‘Tuition Fee Deposit’ as the enquiry topic

For the second period you must email registration@leeds.ac.uk

Your request must clearly say you are seeking a refund of your deposit, giving your full name, date of birth and student ID or Application ID. We will then confirm that you are within the “cooling-off” period to have your deposit refunded in full.

The only other circumstance in which we will refund a tuition fee deposit is if your Tier 4 (General) student visa application is refused (unless the refusal is due to a fraudulent application). You will need to send us a copy of your visa refusal letter from UK Visas and Immigration together with any other evidence we may reasonably require. To contact us please get in touch through the My Enquiries section of the Applicant Portal

Once you have sent the refusal letter, your refund request will be reviewed.

If you follow the above and request a refund your application will be cancelled and not proceed. Your offer will automatically terminate without further notice.

We endeavour to issue all refunds on deposits due within 14 days. Please note that bank processing times can vary and are out of our control. A £40 processing fee will be deducted from your tuition fee deposit refund, apart from those within the 14 day cooling off period who will be refunded in full if eligible.

Refunds will only be made to the account from which the original payment was made.

If I defer my place to next year will I lose my deposit?

No, you will not lose your deposit if you defer and begin the course the following year. The University will hold your deposit until we can issue you a CAS for the following academic year. A CAS can be assigned up to six months before the start of your course. You can only apply for your Tier 4 visa three months before the start of your course. If you defer and then do not take up your place, it is unlikely that you will be eligible for a refund.

Please note, the terms and conditions of the tuition fee deposit are subject to change year on year.

Do I have to pay the deposit to save my place?

No, you do not need to pay the deposit to save your place; if you have received an offer of a place on a course then this offer will continue to be valid. The tuition fee deposit payment (or exemption) allows your application to proceed to the stage of issuing a CAS.

You are only required to pay a deposit after you have reached the point in the application process where you have accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a course. This means that you will have met any academic or language requirements (conditions) of your offer. Prior to this point you are not required to pay a deposit. Once you do receive the request to pay the tuition fee deposit, you must pay as soon as you are able to. This is to ensure that there is sufficient time for us to be able to issue the CAS in order that your Tier 4 (General) student visa can be issued in good time ahead of the start of your course. We therefore recommend that once you receive the payment request, you do pay as soon as possible do avoid any risk of delay. However your offer of a place will remain valid in the meantime.

Do I have to pay the deposit if I’m studying a distance learning course?

The tuition fee deposit is only required for applicants who need a CAS in order to obtain a Tier 4 (General) student visa. If you are applying to a course which is delivered entirely through online/ distance learning, and therefore does not require you to obtain a visa to study in the UK, then you do not need to pay the tuition fee deposit.

I have applied for a US Federal Loan to fund my studies under the Direct Loan Program – do I have to pay the deposit?

If you are eligible for the federal loan then you are not required to pay the tuition fee deposit.Once you accept your unconditional offer of a place you will receive an email requesting that you confirm that if you are exempt. You may then select "US Federal Loan recipient" from the options given in the Messages section of your Applicant Portal. 

Do I get a refund if I am applying for full fee sponsorship/ scholarship award, but I am not successful in my application?

No, the deposit is not refundable in the event of an unsuccessful sponsorship/ scholarship application. If you are reliant on a full fee scholarship or sponsorship award to be able to study with us, then you should consider carefully the timing of your offer acceptance and deposit payment. As you do not need to pay the deposit to ensure you have a place on the course, and you may not receive a refund if you pay the deposit, then you may wish to wait until you receive the outcome of the scholarship application before considering paying the deposit.

Is it possible to pay my tuition fee deposit on more than one credit card?

Yes, it is possible to pay the fee on more than one card. Instructions will be provided when you reach the payment stage.

Who can I contact if I have any further questions about the tuition fee deposit?

If you have any questions about the tuition fee deposit, please contact us by the enquiry form before you apply, or by the My Enquiries section of the Applicant Portal.

Which exemption reason should I select in the Application Portal?

Once you have received the email requesting that you pay the deposit, there will be the option to select if you are exempt from paying the deposit displayed in the Application Portal.

To help clarify which option to select if you believe you are exempt, the options are explained below.

  • Fully sponsored: Select if you are fully funded for fees and maintenance by a University-recognised sponsor (sponsored by national government, corporation/employer, national and international charity or university).
  • Full tuition fee scholarship: Select if you have received a fee scholarship. Do not select if you have a government, corporation/employer, charity or university scholarship. Do not select if you have a partial fee scholarship.
  • US Federal Loan recipient: Select if you have applied for or have been awarded the federal loan.
  • Do not require a Tier 4 general student visa, as hold another immigration status: Select if you will come to study at Leeds but not on the Tier 4 General student visa, eg EU passport holder, indefinite leave to remain, Tier 2 visa.
  • Do not meet any of the exemption criteria above: Select this option if you are receiving funding from family members or friends. Select if you have a partial (but not full) fee scholarship. Selecting this option will mean that you are expected to pay the tuition fee deposit, and will receive further communication to outline how to pay.

View details of which evidence to upload if you have sponsorship. Please do not upload evidence of a scholarship application.

If you would like to change your selection, you will be able to return to this section of your Application Portal to update.

Do I get a payment receipt when I pay the deposit

The payment will be visible in the My CAS Payments section of your Application Portal once the payment has been received by the University, this is the confirmation that we have received it.

If you pay via Flywire or online card payment (as is recommended) then you will receive a confirmation of payment by email. If you pay via bank transfer then you do not automatically receive a payment receipt. The University of Leeds does not issue receipts.

The time taken to receive payments differ according to the payment method used. Please expect at least the following times for payments to be received by the University and display in your Application Portal:

Flywire and Card Payment – 3 working days

Bank transfer – 10 working days

Please note, the bank transfer payment will take longer to be received by the university if your payment is not referenced using the reference given in your Application Portal.