1. Fees Overview and Student Responsibility
1.1. By accepting a place on an St Georges University of London (SGUL) programme, it is expected by SGUL that the student has planned to be in good financial standing and is able to pay or make arrangements for payment of annual tuition fees as well as cost of living whilst studying and any accommodation fees, whether in SGUL’s halls or elsewhere.
1.2. By the act of enrolment, a student accepts liability to pay the full tuition fee for the year of study and they are agreeing to abide by the current SGUL General Regulations which includes acting in accordance with the SGUL Tuition Fee Policy.
1.3. Composite tuition and assessment fees for programmes of study, and fees for entry or re-entry to assessments for students not currently enrolled, shall be determined annually and notified to students. Fees are not normally refundable.
1.4. The UK/EU undergraduate fee may increase in line with the increase permitted by the Department for Education.
1.5. Fees for programmes that are not set by government or third party contract are determined by a number of factors including (but not exclusively) inflation, TEF increase, changes to course and benchmarking against competitors.
1.6. Fees for continuing students will be liable to increase for each year of the course. Fees will not normally increase by more than 5% each year except when the underlying rate of inflation is significantly higher than that.
1.7. Students required to attend for a further academic year will be charged the relevant fee for that year.
1.8. Students who defer their entry shall pay the fee relevant for the year they begin their programme.
1.9. Students shall make satisfactory arrangements for the payment of their tuition fees at the beginning of the academic year (or other period as may be appropriate for the programme of study) as a precondition of enrolment. Such arrangements shall normally be either by paying the fees in full, or by providing documentary evidence that the fees will be paid on demand by an approved sponsor on behalf of the student.
1.10. Students unable to make satisfactory arrangements for the payment of fees may be enrolled on a “Time Limited Enrolment”, during which time they may attend classes and use SGUL’s facilities. Students will be allowed until the end of October, for programmes which start in September and October, and one month after the start of the programme for programmes starting at other times, to make satisfactory arrangements for payment of fees. If they do not make satisfactory arrangements, their registration will be terminated.
1.11. A self-financing student may pay his or her tuition fees by instalments. Payment can be made on line, by debit/credit card or by bank transfer. Payment for fees in cash or by cheque is discouraged and will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. All students should ensure that their student number and name accompanies each payment. Any bank charges incurred by payment by credit card will be passed onto the student.
1.12. Students who do not make satisfactory arrangements for the payment of their tuition fees as specified in 1.4 or default upon agreed instalments of tuition fees shall, at the discretion of the Academic Registrar or appointed officer, have any formal notification of assessment results and/or degree certificate withheld for the programme for which fees are unpaid.
1.13. At the discretion of the Academic Registrar or their nominee, students who fail to make satisfactory arrangements for the payment of their tuition fees or payment of other fees, fines or debts to SGUL, may have their registration suspended, or may not be permitted to enrol for a subsequent year of study.
1.14. The Academic Registrar may recommend to the Principal that students who fail to settle or make satisfactory arrangements for the payment of outstanding tuition fees have their registration terminated. If the Principal accepts the Academic Registrar’s recommendation, the student will have the right of appeal under the Student Appeals Procedure to an Appeal Committee which shall be appointed by and report to Council, whose decision shall be final.
1.15. Members of staff registering on a programme of study at SGUL, who are in receipt of a salary from SGUL, shall be eligible for a discount on the usual fee.
1.16. SGUL may from time to time validate programmes and modules offered by external Associates. As part of the validation process, it shall be determined whether responsibility for obtaining tuition fees rests with SGUL or with the Associate. Where the Associate is responsible for obtaining tuition fees, the provisions of General Regulation 5 will not normally apply. Instead the regulations and policy documents of the Associate will normally apply and these will be made available to students at enrolment.
2. Self-funding Students
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught
2.1. Students have the following options:
2.2. A deposit of £3,000 is required from all international students as a condition of their offer. This will be offset against the first year’s annual tuition fee.
2.3. If these students fail to start the programme, or leave in the first month, this deposit will be retained by the institution. Deposits will be waivered only if the student is receiving official financial sponsorship from their government (evidence of sponsorship will be required) or if in receipt of US Federal Aid for the full tuition fee amount.
2.4. Postgraduate taught students must pay a deposit of £500 (in the first year of study) to secure their offer of a place. This will be offset against the first year’s annual tuition fee. If students fail to start the programme, or leave in the first month, the deposit will be retained by the institution.
2.5. Postgraduate taught students who are in receipt of a loan from SLC can pay their tuition fees in line with the payments received from SLC once they have supplied the Student Finance & Policy Officer with their SLC payment schedule.
September starters - 25% by 30 October, 25% by 30 January and 50% by 30 April
February starters - 25% by 30 April, 25% by 30 October and 50% by 30th January
2.6. All tuition fee must be paid by 1 May, where they are not, the debt collection process will begin.
2.6. Postgraduate research students are required to pay fees from date of registration to the date of award and to pay writing-up fees in full on or before enrolment.
2.7. Students have the following option
Pay in full before or at enrolment
Enrolled before 30 October - 50% by 30 October, 25% by 30 January and 25% by 30 April
Enrolled between 1 November and 31 January - 50% by 30 January and 50% by 30 April
Enrolled between 1 February and 30 April – 100% by 30 April
Enrolled after 30 April - 100% at the time of enrolment
2.8. Members of staff undertaking a postgraduate research programme may arrange to pay the fee in monthly instalments from their salary. This arrangement must be made at the Student Centre who will authorise the deduction prior to it being actioned by Payroll. The fee due will be split equally across a maximum of 12 monthly payments. In the event that the member of staff leaves, any unpaid amounts up to the date of leaving will be deducted from the final salary payment.
Continuing Professional Development
2.9. Students who study for modules only (ie are not on a programme of study leading to an award) have 30 days from the date of invoice to pay in full. There will be no payment plan for modules.
2.10. Students who fail to pay after 30 days will be sent a reminder, after a further 7 days the debt will be referred to a debt collection agency.
2.11 Students will not be able attend another module until fees have been paid in full.
3. Payments from Student Loan Company or the NHS Bursary Unit
3.1. If tuition fees are to be paid by the student loan company or the NHS bursary unit, students are required to submit evidence at the time of enrolment. This must contain
3.2. Students are required to submit evidence of sponsorship annually for each year of study.
3.3. Where the fees are not paid, the student will be defined as self-funding and becomes liable for the fee in full.
4. Payments from Sponsors
4.1. If tuition fees are to be paid by a sponsor, students are required to submit evidence of sponsorship at the time of enrolment. This must contain
name of sponsor, address and contact details (name, email and telephone number)
percentage or specified amount of tuition fees to be paid
4.2. Students are required to submit evidence of sponsorship annually for each year of study.
4.3. Finance will verify the arrangement and establish contact with the named contact at the sponsor before issuing an invoice. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice being issued.
4.4. It remains the student's personal responsibility to ensure that the fees are paid on time.
4.5. Where a sponsor defaults on payments or refuses to accept a fee invoice, the student will be defined as self-funding and becomes liable for the fee in full.
5.1. Invoices are sent to all postgraduate and self-paying undergraduate students in October and within 30 days of enrolment to students who start during the academic year.
5.2. If SGUL has received proof that fees are paid for an undergraduate student by an SLC loan or NHS student bursaries, undergraduate students will not generally be issued with an invoice. Full invoices will be issued to undergraduate students if specifically requested.
6. Withdrawal and Interruptions from a Course or Programme
6.1. SGUL operates strict procedures regarding withdrawals and interruptions.
6.2. If a student decides to withdraw/take an interruption of studies (IOS) from a course, they must speak to course director and programme administrator. They must complete an IOS/withdrawal form with these members of staff.
6.3. The date of withdrawal/IOS for tuition fee purposes will be the date written on the form and for undergraduate students will be coordinated, where possible, in line with the attendance dates required to be submitted to the SLC of 15 October, the 1st Wednesday in February and the 1st Wednesday in May.
6.4. The maximum amounts payable by SLC is 25% in term one, 25% in term two and 50% in term three. Students could become liable for the tuition fee not covered by an SLC loan. For further information please contact the Student Finance Policy Officer.
6.5. Students who are being funded by the SLC will be charged tuition fees as follows if they withdraw/suspend from study
25% in term one
50% in term two
100% in term three
6.6. If a self-funding student withdraws, fees will be pro-rated in accordance with recorded withdrawal date and the length of the programme, with a minimum of either one month’s fee or £2,000 for international students, whichever is the highest.
6.7. If a student is suspended, registration and eligibility for fees are also suspended and adjusted with the outcome of any investigation.
7. Fee Status
7.1. Where a student is classified as an international student for fee purposes then their fee status will not change during their course except in exceptional circumstances (e.g. the student is granted refugee status or has an application for asylum refused and is granted exceptional leave to remain/humanitarian protection) or if a student can demonstrated that they have been classified incorrectly.
7.2. A student who considers that they have been incorrectly classified as an international student should contact the Student Finance Policy Officer and request a Fee Status Questionnaire so that their situation can be assessed.
7.3. Any change to fee status as a result of a change of immigration status will take place from the beginning of the following academic year. Only where a student can demonstrate that a fee classification has been incorrectly assessed will it be backdated to the beginning of the academic year in which they are studying.
8. Special Payment Arrangements
8.1. Students experiencing financial difficulty should seek financial support and advice from the Student Finance & Policy Officer. In exceptional circumstances a special payment arrangement may be put in place.
8.2. If agreed, the outstanding tuition fee will be split equally in instalments to ensure that payment is complete by 1 May of the academic year. Other arrangements may be considered and agreed by the Assistant Registrar (Student Services).
8.3. Students defaulting on their special payment arrangement will go into the tuition fee debt collection process for the entire outstanding amount.
8.4. In order to request a special payment arrangement, students are expected to present the following to the Student Finance & Policy Officer for consideration:
8.5. The evidence required will vary, but examples of exceptional circumstances might include
The death of a close relative or significant other who pays the student’s fees
A death certificate
Difficulty in getting money out of the student’s home country
Press article, information from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.