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 within a specified timescale 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 programme 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.
ExemptionsApplicants 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/ 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, or studying on a summer pre-sessional programme at the University of Leeds Language Centre (please see below).
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.
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 confirmation will tell you how to pay and the deadline for payment.
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 email@example.com 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 (scanned current passport that you will use to travel with)
- have received an email to confirm your acceptance of an unconditional offer and request your deposit payment. The confirmation will detail how to pay and the deadline for payment. Please note, this email will be sent to applicants and agents.
For all programmes, 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.
For applicants accepting an unconditional offer prior to 1 April, payment will, unless agreed to the contrary, be required within 6 weeks from the 1 April.
For applicants accepting an unconditional offer after 1 April, again, unless agreed to the contrary, payment will be required within 6 weeks of the deposit request.
If you do not pay on time your application may not proceed and you may automatically lose your offer of a place without further notice.
We recommend that you pay your tuition fee deposit as soon as possible to speed along the issue of your CAS ahead of your Tier 4 (General) student visa application.
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).
We will give you more information about how to pay, including the links to Flywire and our online payment system, when we make you an unconditional offer and when the University confirms your acceptance of a place.
Issue of your 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.
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 less a £40 processing fee.
If you have selected that you will obtain sponsorship, a sponsorship evidence request email will be sent to you at conditional offer stage, instead of the deposit payment request email.
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?
If you accept an offer for a combined pre-sessional English Language course and Masters programme, you will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see your offer letter for more details.
Students studying an English language course at the University of Leeds Language Centre only 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 require a return of your deposit. These periods reflect when the arrangements around your offer, and then later registration, are concluded.
First period you may require 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 require 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. We ask that all requests are sent by email. For the first period please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For the second period please send your email to email@example.com
Your request must clearly say you are seeking a refund of your deposit, giving your name and student 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have sent the refusal letter, your refund request will be reviewed. If you are eligible for a refund, a £40 processing fee will be deducted from your tuition fee deposit.
If you follow the above and request a refund your application will then be cancelled and not proceed. Your offer will automatically terminate without further notice.
We will 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.
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. The University will hold your deposit until we can issue you a CAS for the following academic year (normally the end of April).
Do I have to pay the deposit to save my place?
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 within the timescale indicated, in order for the University to progress you to the next stage in the admissions process which is the issue of your CAS (required for your Tier 4 (General) student visa application).
These deadlines are in place 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. If you do not pay on time your application may not proceed and you may automatically lose your offer of a place.
Do I have to pay the deposit if Im 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. Eligible applicants will automatically be made exempt, however if you do receive a request to pay the tuition fee deposit, please contact us at email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org