Paying Your Fees


 There are two main costs for postgraduate students – tuition fees and living expenses.  Fee levels will vary depending upon your chosen programme of study, whereas costs of living will also depend on your individual lifestyle and spending patterns.

Tuition fees

Postgraduate tuition fees vary depending upon which subject area you are studying within, as well as your place of normal residence, nationality and mode of study. To find out the tuition fee for individual degree schemes please look at Postgraduate taught fees or Postgraduate research fees.

Please note that all tuition fees are compulsory and must either be paid in full at registration or paid in instalments. Payment is due on the first day of term or 15 days from invoice date if issued after. Please note, payment of fees in advance of arrival at Lancaster can be arranged too.

Fee status and funding eligibility

Postgraduate students are classified by one of three types of fee status: UK, EU or Overseas (OS). The classification you are given is based upon your country of residence and your nationality; your offer documentation will state which fee status you have been allocated. Please note your fee status affects which postgraduate funding awards you may apply for.

Self-financing students

If you are a self-financing student you are expected to pay your tuition fees as follows:

  • Students starting in October:
    • In full by the first day of term 1 (October)
    • In 2 equal instalments due on the first day of term 1 (October) and the first day of term 2 (January)
  • Students with non-standard start dates:
    • Within 15 days of the invoice date
    • In 2 equal instalments which can be viewed from the Payment Portal facility, as soon as an invoice has been issued

Sponsored students

If you are sponsored, proof of sponsorship must be provided, preferably in advance of registration. Invoices cannot be raised to any outside agency unless you provide a statement from your sponsor confirming their sponsorship. Such proof should be on letter headed paper and maybe faxed. E-mail proof of sponsorship is not accepted. 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

We issue sponsor invoices by November. Please note: without such proof of sponsorship you will be deemed personally liable for your fees and invoiced accordingly.

Paying your fees

Payments can be made as follows:

If you do not have an invoice you can pay in advance by selecting ‘Add Other Payments’.

  • Bank Transfer:

Bank Name: Barclays Bank

Account Name: Lancaster University

Account No: 40981516

Sort Code: 20-55-34

IBAN: GB 74 BARC 2055 3440 9815 16

BIC/Swift: BARC GB 22

Bank Address: Barclays Business Centre, Manchester City Office, PO Box 357, 51 Mosley Street, Manchester, M60 2AU

Please quote student/applicant ID and invoice number (if known) as your Reference

  • International Bank Transfer/Payment via Western Union

Lancaster University has partnered with Western Union to allow students, their families or their sponsors the opportunity to securely pay tuition and/or accommodation fees in their local currency.

To obtain a quote and payment instructions please go to the University’s Payment Portal and select International & Other Payment Methods.

  • Over the Phone

Card payments can be taken by calling the Cashiers Office on +44 1524 593316 or 592048

  • Bankers Drafts or Cheques

Payable to Lancaster University should be sent to the Cashiers Office, A Floor, University House, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, United Kingdom.

Please quote student/applicant ID and invoice number (if known) with all payments

Students can also view their online fees statement, which will show any issued tuition fee invoices and payments, via the Student Portal.

Paying your fees in advance

Fees can be paid in advance of registration or the issue of an invoice. Any amounts paid in advance of an invoice will not be reflected on the invoice. These can be seen on either the Payment Portal or the fees statement in the Student Portal.

To help with paying your fees

We strongly recommended you open a bank account either before you reach Lancaster or immediately afterwards to facilitate the payment of your fees and accommodation charges. There are two banks situated on the University campus (Barclays and Santander) and other banks in the city centre. Please note that UK government regulations on the procedures to be followed when opening a bank account are very strict and the University cannot always provide all of the evidence that banks require.

Once you have registered, the University can provide written evidence and confirmation that you are a student studying with us. Also if you live on campus, the Graduate College Residence Office can help you with a written statement of your university status and address. If you live off campus, the University can only certify your registration.

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.

Procedures in case of fee debt

The University has rules and regulations regarding fee debt which allow for the University to suspend a student’s Computing and Library access or eventually exclude the student from the University. The regulations regarding fee debt are published in the Lancaster University Manual of Academic Regulations and Procedures in line with the University rules and regulations. Graduates who still have an outstanding debt with the University at the point of graduation will not receive their certificate and transcript until such time as their debt has been cleared.