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Postgraduate deposits for international students

All postgraduate taught (masters) applicants* (excluding Masters by Research MPhil/PhD) who require a Tier 4 student visa must pay a £3,000 non-refundable deposit. This should be paid as soon as you receive an unconditional offer from Kingston University.

Once your non-refundable deposit payment has cleared, you will be able to request your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) through the Online Student Information System (OSIS).

This non-refundable deposit is treated as the first instalment of your tuition fees.

* exclusions apply, see below.


You are not required to pay the non-refundable deposit if:

  • you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study at Kingston University;
  • your studies are being sponsored by your government or a company (evidence of your sponsorship must be provided); or
  • you are from the USA or Canada and will receive a government loan (evidence must be provided).

Is the deposit refundable if I do not receive my visa?

This deposit is not normally refundable but can be held if you need to defer your place.

Refunds may be considered at the University's sole discretion if you don't receive your Tier 4 visa for reasons the University considers were beyond your control and you can provide sufficient documentary evidence.

Before you apply for your Tier 4 student visa you must ensure that you have:

  • provided correct documentation for your visa application; and
  • evidence of sufficient funds to study in the UK for both your tuition and maintenance fees; and
  • evidence that these funds have been held in the account for the required length of time, and that this account is approved by the Home Office;
  • used ONLY original documents to apply for your Tier 4 visa; 
  • declared any previous visa refusals or criminal convictions in the UK or overseas.

You should prepare your documents in advance and maintain your finances to ensure that you continue to meet the maintenance requirements before your visa application has been processed.

Appeals for refunds must be made by email within three months of the latest start date specified on your CAS and include documentary evidence to support your case. To request a refund you must do this by email.

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