If your tuition fees are being paid via a Student Finance loan, please upload your ‘University or College Payment Advice’ letter during the Online Registration process. If you don’t have a copy at the time, don’t worry – simply bring a copy to Registration.
If you went through clearing or are transferring from another university, please contact email@example.com so we can ensure your funding assessment is transferred to Lancaster University. Having the wrong university on your assessment can delay your loan and any Lancaster bursaries/scholarships. We will need your Lancaster University ID number and Student Support Number from Student Finance.
Postgraduate taught students from England or Wales who are paying their tuition fees with a loan from Student Finance will receive a tuition fee invoice after University registration. Once registered, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request their payments are scheduled to fall in line with loan payment dates. Proof of the loan will be required.
Postgraduate taught students from Northern Ireland with a loan from Student Finance will need to provide proof of funding. This can be submitted during Online Registration, emailed to email@example.com or handed in during Registration. If you receive an invoice, it means we are not aware of the loan and you should contact the Tuition Fees team. If, when applying for the loan, you can’t find your course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will arrange for the database to be updated.
SAAS, Isle of Man or Channel Island funded students should refer to the ‘Sponsored students’ section for tuition fee guidance.
Student Finance's Getting Paid YouTube playlist explains the steps to take to get your money in time for the start of your course.
The Student Finance zone also has some useful tips.
If you are self-financing your studies, you should settle your fees or pay the first instalment when you register. The 'Paying your fees when you register' and 'Payment by instalments' sections below contain more details.
If you are sponsored, then you will need to provide proof of sponsorship, preferably before registration. Invoices can't be raised to an outside agency unless you provide a statement from your sponsor confirming their sponsorship. Proof should come in the form of a statement on letter headed paper, which you can post or scan and email to the University. Your proof of sponsorship letter should include:
- the full details of the amount and/or duration of the funding
- the address to which the invoice should be sent
- any sponsor specific reference or order number which has to be quoted on the invoice.
Please send proof of sponsorship to:
Student Registry, A floor University House, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW
If you are unable to provide proof of sponsorship before arrival, please bring it with you to Registration.
Paying your fees in advance
You can make online payments or you can transfer funds directly into the University’s bank account. You need to contact your own bank to do this for you. The details of our bank are:
Branch Sort Code: 20-55-34
The University does not provide tuition fee invoices to applicants, therefore when transferring money from your bank to our bank account, please include your Lancaster University ID number and your full name.
Paying your fees when you register
Fees must be paid in pounds sterling at, or in advance of, registration (or on receipt of a fee invoice for students who begin their courses at other times of the year). At registration you may pay with a debit or credit card (not Diners), travellers’ cheques in pounds sterling, a UK cheque or bank draft drawn on a UK bank account. Cheques in Euros and US dollars may be accepted without extra charges but are still susceptible to exchange rate differences.
Fees may be paid online with a bank debit card or any credit card (not Diners).
Payment by instalments
If you are a self-financing student you can pay your tuition fees in two equal instalments - please log into your online account to check individual due dates. Each instalment is the equivalent of half of the full annual fee. Please note any student who does not pay the first instalment at registration will forfeit the right to pay by instalments and will then need to pay the annual fee in full.
We strongly recommend you open a bank account either before you reach Lancaster or immediately afterwards. This will make it easier to pay your fees and accommodation charges. There are two banks situated on the University campus (Barclays and Santander) and other banks in the city centre. How to open a bank account.
If you are an international student from a country where it is necessary to apply well in advance for permission to transfer money to this country, please ensure that you do so. Where there is exchange control, you will be expected to have cleared this before you start your studies at Lancaster.
Tuition fee invoices
Student fee invoices are made available on the Student Portal after the start of term. Students will be sent an email when their invoice is ready to be viewed/printed. Sponsor invoices are issued on paper.