How to pay your fees

On this page you will find information about the different tuition fee payment types available to you as well as details of what you need to pay/do before you enrol.

Payments can be made via the quick links on this page or via our Online Payment Portal.

Your fee status

The cost of your course and the payment options available to you will depend on whether you have been assessed as being required to pay the Home/EU or International fee.

Do I pay the Home/EU or International fee?

Watch the brief video below to help you understand more about how the fee assessment process works.

Pre enrolment payment checklist

You must confirm how you intend to pay for your course before you enrol to study. Take a look at the payment options below and choose the payment type that works best for you.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the payment setup in advance so you don't experience any delay to enrolling onto your Kingston University course.

Payment options

Home/EU foundation students

Payment options for Home/EU foundation students

You can choose to pay your tuition fee in one of the following ways:

Option 1: With a tuition fee loan

Most UK and EU undergraduate students take out a tuition fee loan to cover their tuition fees. If you intend to pay with a tuition fee loan you must, before online enrolment:

Option 2: By self-funding

If you are not taking out a tuition fee loan you will need to fund your studies yourself. There are two ways you can do this. You can pay by:

Option 3: Through a sponsor

If an embassy or your employer are paying for all or part of your tuition fee we refer to them as your sponsor. You will need to notify us of this before online enrolment so we can invoice them for the appropriate amount. This can be done by completing a Sponsorship Agreement Form and uploading a copy to OSIS.

Home/EU undergraduate students

Payment options for Home/EU undergraduate students

You can choose to pay your tuition fee in one of the following ways:

Option 1: With a tuition fee loan

Most UK and EU undergraduate students take out a tuition fee loan to cover their tuition fees. If you intend to pay with a tuition fee loan you must, before online enrolment:

Option 2: By self-funding

If you are not taking out a tuition fee loan you will need to fund your studies yourself. There are two ways you can do this. You can pay by:

Option 3: Through a sponsor

If an embassy or your employer are paying for all or part of your tuition fee we refer to them as your sponsor. You will need to notify us of this before online enrolment so we can invoice them for the appropriate amount. This can be done by completing a Sponsorship Agreement Form and uploading a copy to OSIS.

Home/EU postgraduate students

Payment options for Home/EU postgraduate students

You can choose to pay your tuition fee in one of the following ways:

Option 1: With a postgraduate loan

Most UK and EU postgraduate students take out a Postgraduate Masters Loan to cover their tuition fees. You must apply for the loan before online enrolment, if you intend to pay your fees with a Postgraduate Masters Loan.

Unlike the undergraduate tuition fee loan, the postgraduate loan is paid directly to you in three instalments rather than being paid to the University. You will therefore need to arrange how you will pay us for your tuition fees. If you would like to set up a payment plan that is aligned to the dates you receive the funding we can arrange this for you, you just have to upload a copy of your loan confirmation letter to OSIS.

Option 2: By self-funding

If you are not taking out a tuition fee loan you will need to fund your studies yourself. There are two ways you can do this. You can pay by:

Option 3: Through a sponsor

If an embassy or your employer are paying for all or part of your tuition fee we refer to them as your sponsor. If you have a sponsor, you will need to notify us of this before online enrolment so we can invoice them for the appropriate amount. This can be done by completing a Sponsorship Agreement Form and uploading a copy to OSIS.

International undergraduate students

Payment options for International undergraduate students

You can choose to pay your tuition fee in one of the following ways:

Option 1: By self-funding

You can choose to pay:

  • The full tuition fee in advance for the year before online enrolment via our payment portal using a UK or International issued card or via our partner Western Union for International bank transfers, both of which provide a simple and secure way of making payment in the currency of your choice.
    OR
  • A proportion of your tuition fees by instalment. You must complete the following two-step process before online enrolment, if you choose to pay by instalment:
    • Step 1: Pay a minimum of 50% of your tuition fee for 2020/1 in advance via our payment portal using a UK or International issued card or via our partner Western Union for International bank transfers, as detailed above.
    • Step 2: Set up a recurring card payment instruction (RCP) before online enrolment. This can be done on a UK or International issued card and authorises the University to take payment for the remaining fees on that card in 6 instalments.

Option 2: Through a sponsor

If an embassy or your employer are paying for all or part of your tuition fee we refer to them as your sponsor. You will need to notify us of this before online enrolment so we can invoice them for the appropriate amount. This can be done by completing a Sponsorship Agreement Form and uploading a copy to OSIS.

International postgraduate students

Payment options for International postgraduate students

You can choose to pay your tuition fee in one of the following ways:

Option 1: By self-funding

If you are funding your studies yourself, there are two ways you can pay:

  • Single Payment - Pay your full fees for the year before online enrolment via our payment portal using a UK or International issued card or via our partner Western Union for International bank transfers, both of which provide a simple and secure way of making payment in the currency of your choice.
    OR
  • Instalments - Pay a proportion of your tuition fees by instalment. You must complete the following two-step process before online enrolment, if you choose to pay by instalment: 
    • Step 1: Pay a minimum of 50% of your tuition fee for 2020/1 in advance via our payment portal using a UK or International issued card or via our partner Western Union for International bank transfers, as detailed above.
    • Step 2: Set up a recurring card payment instruction (RCP) before online enrolment. This can be done on a UK or International issued card and authorises the University to take payment for the remaining fees on that card in 6 instalments.

Option 2: Through a sponsor

If an embassy or your employer are paying for all or part of your tuition fee we refer to them as your sponsor. If you have a sponsor, you will need to notify us of this before online enrolment so we can invoice them for the appropriate amount. This can be done by completing a Sponsorship Agreement Form and uploading a copy to OSIS.

Methods of payment

More information on the various payment methods offered by Kingston University can be viewed below:

Undergraduate loan

If you have applied for an undergraduate tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, please check your payment schedule from the Student Loan Company to confirm that you have been awarded the correct amount and that Kingston University is listed as the university or college to be paid as an incorrect loan could delay your enrolment.

If you have any queries regarding your undergraduate tuition fee loan from Student Finance England please contact them on 0300 100 0607 or visit the Student Finance England website.

For the undergraduate loan, The Student Loan Company will automatically pay the tuition fees on your behalf directly to Kingston University, on the dates specified on the payment schedule.

Postgraduate loan


Most UK and EU postgraduate students take out a Postgraduate Masters Loan to cover their tuition fees. If you are intending to do the same you should have already applied by now but if you have still not done so, complete your application now.

Unlike the undergraduate tuition fee loan, the postgraduate loan is paid directly to you in three instalments rather than being paid to the University. You will therefore need to arrange how you will pay us for your tuition fees.

If you would like to set up a payment plan that is aligned to the dates you receive the funding we can arrange this for you, you just have to upload a copy of your loan confirmation letter to OSIS.

Instalments


Please use the pre enrolment checklist to find out if you can pay your fee type by instalments.

Pay by instalments

Accommodation and tuition fees can only be paid by instalment if you have a valid direct debit or recurring card payment (RCP) set up with the University. If you wish to pay by this method a separate instruction must be set up for each of these fee types before your enrolment can be completed.

If you intend to pay your fees by instalment this will need to be set up before you can complete your enrolment by visiting our secure site (please note that if your direct debit mandate from the previous year is still active you will not need to set up a new one).

Payment via direct debit or recurring card payment enables you to spread your payments in line with the University's instalment plan, and there is no charge for paying in this way.

You will need a valid UK bank or building society account if you wish to pay by direct debit but a recurring card payment can be set up using either a UK or International issued card.

You will receive an email confirmation once your direct debit or recurring card payment instruction has been accepted and this will be sent to the email address you specify at the time. If you do not receive your confirmation you should contact the Accounts Receivable team to ensure that your direct debit instruction has been received.

Remember: A direct debit must be in place at least 10 days prior to the instalment date for us to collect the payment directly from your account. Ensure you have enough money in your account on the due dates, otherwise your bank may make a charge to your account for every default.

It is your responsibility to check that your direct debit or recurring card payment instruction has been activated. If you wish to cancel your instruction all you are doing is removing the option to pay by instalments. You will then be required to pay the outstanding balance in full immediately.

Online Card Payment


Make a card payment

The most convenient way to pay your fees is by using the University's secure payment website.

You can pay using the following cards:

  • Delta
  • Maestro
  • Mastercard
  • Solo
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron
  • American Express

If you are unable to access the internet and you are the authorised cardholder, the University will be able to take a payment over the phone if you call +44 (0)20 8417 3333.

International Transfers

Make an International bank transfer

International students can pay their fees using Kingston University's payments platform powered by our partner Western Union Business Solutions.

This allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay GBP student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to make your payment.

How to make an International bank transfer

  1. Simply select the country you are paying from, what are you paying and your preferred method of payment.
  2. Enter your student details, following the payer details.
  3. Get your payment instructions and make your payment.

You can track your payment status through every step.

Benefits for you:

  • Intuitive, mobile friendly interface for a seamless payment experience.
  • Pay international fees by bank transfer or online e-wallet.
  • Convenient payment methods including AliPay, TenPay, UnionPay, Trustly, Sofort, etc.
  • No transaction charges from Kingston University or Western Union Business Solutions.
  • Favourable exchange rates compared to most banks.
  • Track your payment step by step.
  • Peace of mind that your full payment received by Kingston University.
  • Multi language platform: French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Indonesian, English, Spanish and Hindi.
  • Customer service support to help you at every step.

US Federal Direct and/or PLUS Loan

If you are funding your course using a Federal Direct Subsidised/Unsubsidised and/or PLUS loan, please contact the Financial Aid Office for information about payment of tuition fees.

Contact the Financial Aid Office (studentfunding@kingston.ac.uk)

Sponsorship

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees, the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

Before you enrol, we must receive notification of sponsorship, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

If you are sponsored by a company or organisation we will require notification of this to be provided via a completed tuition fees sponsorship agreement form (PDF).

We do however understand that there are some embassy's that will only provide notification by letter and in those instances this will be accepted as an alternate to the sponsor form provided it is on the embassy's headed paper, is signed by an authorised officer and contains the following information:

  • The student's (your) full name (and University ID number if known).
  • The amount (or percentage) of tuition fees the sponsor wishes to pay on your behalf for this academic year.
  • The name of the person to whom the invoice must be addressed and the address where the invoice should be sent.
  • The reference number (or purchase order number) to be quoted (if applicable).
  • A valid email address for any overseas sponsor.

See our example sponsor letter (PDF).

Sponsorship forms

Before enrolment to Kingston University, you must upload your completed sponsor form or letter on OSIS.

Please note:

  • The University reserves the right to reject a sponsor.
  • The University may conduct credit checks in full upon the sponsor.
  • Notification of sponsorship is required for each academic year of study.
  • Payment by a sponsor is due on receipt of invoice; there is no instalment option for sponsor payments.

Remember: It remains your responsibility to ensure that the Accounts Receivable team has received notification of your sponsorship. The University will not be able to invoice your sponsor until we have received notification from them with all the relevant information.

If you are an international (non-EU) student and your sponsor is not paying your full tuition fee, you will be responsible for paying 50% of the full tuition fee amount in cleared funds before you can complete your enrolment.

If your sponsor fails to pay on receipt of invoice, or they withdraw their support at any point in the year, then you will be responsible for any outstanding fees at that point and the University will hold you liable for that amount. You will also be subject to the University's debt recovery procedures.

Contact us

Who to contact about fees and finance

Fees payments

The Accounts Receivable team is part of the University's Finance Department and is responsible for the collection of fees.

The Income team is also part of the University's Finance Department and is responsible for invoicing of fees.

Contact us by

Financial help and advice

The Student Funds team administers a number of hardship funds.

Student life advisers are available to give advice and guidance on living on a budget, student finance queries, banking and dealing with debt.

Student Life Centre
Kingston University
John Galsworthy Building
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2EE
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7312

Student Funds team
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7315