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 Studies (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 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, which 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.
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.
*Taught postgraduate applicants in the School of Dentistry who do not need a Tier 4 (General) student visa are also required to pay a deposit. Special rules apply. 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 taught postgraduate 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 deposit is not an additional cost. Any tuition fee payments you make, plus any tuition fee balance still to pay, will be displayed in 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 or exemption evidence.
For applicants intending to study on a masters course at Leeds University Business School (excluding the MBA), the deadline to pay the deposit or provide appropriate exemption evidence is 23:59 (UK time) on Monday 19 August 2019. The University will not be able to issue a CAS to any Business School applicants who do not meet this deadline.
For applicants to all other courses, 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 deposit information 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 see 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 that the University reserves the right 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:
- receive and accept an unconditional offer for a masters course or a standalone summer pre-sessional
- have received an email requesting your deposit payment
- respond to the Exemption Evidence Request in the application portal to confirm that you are funding your own studies
Once these steps have been completed, you will then see a new section in your application portal called My CAS Payments, where you will find information on how to pay.
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?
We advise you to pay either by credit or debit card using our online payment system, or by bank transfer via Flywire (a payment service for overseas student fees), though we also accept direct bank transfers. Payment options will be detailed in your application portal when you have reached that stage.
If you do choose to pay by direct bank transfer, please ensure you include the unique reference number from your application portal. This helps us to link the payment with your account.
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 or procided appropriate exemption evidence. You will need your CAS number to make a Tier 4 (General) student visa application.
Please note that under Home Office rules the earliest that we can only issue a CAS is six months before the start date of your course. We usually begin assigning CASes from April for taught master's 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 final confirmation of the sponsorship in order to be exempt from paying the deposit. We are not able to exempt applicants on the basis of a scholarship application.
If you are a partially funded student (you'll receive a scholarship covering only part of your tuition fee), 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 ask you to either pay the deposit or provide details of your exemption. If you are a sponsored student, you will need to select the appropriate exemption reason in response to the Exemption Evidence Request 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, please wait until you are able to provide it before completing the Exemption Evidence Request.
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 language course at the University of Leeds will need to pay the tuition fee deposit.
If you are eligible to receive a combined CAS, covering the pre-sessional and the masters course, you will be required to pay the deposit once you've met the academic conditions of your masters offer and received and accepted an unconditional masters offer.
If you will instead receive a standalone CAS for the pre-sessional only, you will need to pay the deposit after accepting the pre-sessional offer. Once you have successfully completed the pre-sessional and met any other conditions of your masters offer, you will not be required to pay a second deposit in order to receive a CAS for the masters course.
The Language Centre will provide further information about the type of CAS you are eligible to receive when processing your application and we will send you payment information at the appropriate time.
As you will need to pay the tuition fee for your pre-sessional English course before you register as a student, we encourage you to pay in full at this stage, rather than paying the £1,500 deposit only, but this is not a requirement. Your course fee is in your pre-sessional offer letter.
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 "cooling off" periods when you can request a return of your deposit. These periods reflect when the arrangements around your offer, and then later 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 we have 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 Tuition Fee Deposit as the enquiry topic.
For the second period you must email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 whether you are within the cooling-off period to have your deposit refunded in full.
We will also refund a tuition fee deposit 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 use 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.
The only circumstance in which you are entitled to a refund and to retain your offer is if you pay the deposit and subsequently secure full sponsorship. Please submit a copy of your sponsor letter through the My Enquiries section of the applicant portal and, if it meets our requirements, we will refund your deposit.
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 for applicants 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 that 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 then it 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 pay as soon as possible to avoid any risk of delay. However, your offer of a place will remain valid in the meantime.
If you choose to defer your place, there is no need to pay your deposit in order for your request to be considered. We will ask you to pay once you have received and accepted an unconditional offer for the new start date.
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 that 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 either pay the deposit or confirm that you are exempt by completing the Exemption Evidence Request in your application portal. You should then select "US Federal Loan recipient" from the options given. However, please note that we will not be able to exempt you until your loan is officially confirmed. There is no need for you to provide confirmation evidence as this is arranged internally by the University, so you will automatically be made exempt at the appropriate time.
Do I get a refund if I am applying for a 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, we strongly advise that you 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.
Which exemption reason should I select in the application portal?
Once you have received the email requesting that you pay the deposit, you will need to complete the Exemption Evidence Request in the application portal to confirm whether you intend to pay the deposit or whether you believe you will be exempt.
The options are explained below.
- Fully sponsored: Select if you are fully funded for fees and maintenance by a University-recognised sponsor (a national government, corporation/employer, national and international charity or university).
- Full tuition fee scholarship: Select if you have received a scholarship covering the full tuition fee. 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 funding your own studies, receiving funding from family members or friends or 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. You will then be able to see the My CAS Payments section in the application portal, where you will find information on how to pay.
View details of which evidence to upload if you have sponsorship. Please do not upload evidence of a scholarship application. There is also no need to provide any evidence if you confirm that you will be paying the deposit.
If you would like to change your selection, contact us through the My Enquiries section of the application portal.
Do I get a payment receipt when I pay the deposit?
Once your deposit has been received, we will send you a confirmation email. The payment will also be visible in the My CAS Payments section of your application portal.
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 allow at least the following times for payments to be received by the University and to display in your application portal:
Flywire or card payment 3 working days
Bank transfer 10 working days
Please note that 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.
Who can I contact if I have any further questions about the tuition fee deposit or exemption process?
If you are a Masters applicant, you can contact us through the My Enquiries section of the applicant portal. If you have not yet applied, please email email@example.com or call +44 (0) 113 343 4044.