Sponsored students

What it means to be a sponsored student and guidance on the documentation you need to provide

Definition of a sponsored student

If your tuition fees are being paid by someone other than yourself (not family), then you are classed as a sponsored student.

How to request an invoice

If your sponsor requires an invoice be issued directly to them we require proof of sponsorship. This should take the form of a letter, on headed paper that details the student name, course details and the amount being paid. Where the full academic year’s tuition fee is being paid, the statement can simply read that they will be responsible for the tuition fee for academic year XX/XX. The statement should also include details of to whom the invoice should be address and of any reference numbers they require be included. An email address for the sponsor must be included on the documentation, as the invoice will be sent electronically.

Students must provide this proof of sponsorship each year they are being sponsored. In your first year, you will be required to provide this proof as part of the Registration process. In subsequent years, the documentation can be emailed as a scanned attachment to tuition-fees@lancaster.ac.uk. Please note that an email itself is insufficient - we require a scanned copy of the official documentation.

Documentation required

First year students will be required to provide funding documentation to Admissions (postgraduate only) or at Registration. If the University does not receive proof of sponsorship the student will be treated as ‘self-funded’ and invoiced for the tuition fee accordingly.

If your sponsor requires a form be completed regarding the fee payments, this can also be sent to us via the above channels. Please be advised that, dependant on the time of year, it may take up to three weeks to complete and return any forms.

Where a tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor, the University will continue to chase the sponsor for payment up to Stage 1 (as per the Payment and Debt Procedure document). After Stage 1, the liability will revert to the student and payment will become their responsibility.