Finance Division

Tuition fees

Find out how to pay your tuition fees and when you should pay.

How much are my fees?

Tuition Fees will be published each year online and in print.  Please refer to our webpage for tuition fees for undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees.

Will the amount of my fees increase next year?

Tuition fees set by the University are subject to change, and will increase on an annual basis. Some tuition fees are set by external organisations and will be published in the University prospectus once they have been specified by the respective organisations. Examples of externally set tuition fees include postgraduate research tuition fees for home/EU students (set by Research Councils UK) and undergraduate tuition fees for home/EU students (set by the government).

How and when do I pay?

For our payment terms please click on the relevant links below depending on whether you are a Self-Financing Student or a Sponsored Student.

Self-Financing Students

 The University’s annual fees cover registration, tuition and examinations. Fees must be paid in full at the beginning of each academic year.

Self-financing students may however, have the option to pay in instalments subject to standard payment terms.

The University offers two methods of payment for self-financing students. The first option is to pay tuition fees in full during registration, either by debit card, credit card or bank transfer. The second option is to set up an instalment plan during on-line registration, with payments coming directly from a nominated debit card or credit card. 

For September starters you can pay your tuition fees in full at the point of on-line registration or in three instalments in October, January and April.  For students starting in January, you can pay your tuition fees in full at the point of registration or in two instalments in January and April. Payment dates for self-financing students can be found in our Fee Liability Policy.

Please note that if your tuition fee is £300 or less it will not be eligible for the payment plan option.

Payment should be made through your Sussex Direct account. You can also pay at our office or by calling our helpline – we are open to in person callers weekdays from 10am to 4pm. Our helpline number is 0800 849 4979 and is open weekdays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm and 4pm.

Sponsored Students

The University recognises the following institutions and organisations as official sponsors:

  • Student Loans Company
  • UK Government, The British Council, Chevening, British Commonwealth
  • An Employer (either UK or overseas based)
  • Overseas Governments or Embassies
  • Recognised International organisations, International companies and Universities

The University does not recognise individuals as sponsors. This includes parents and relatives or companies which are owned by relatives. The University will ultimately have the final decision as to who they will accept as a recognised official sponsor.

The University will only accept award letters where the sponsor is paying Tuition and/or Accommodation fees direct to the University. If a student is receiving funding direct from their sponsor, the University will not recognise you as a sponsored student and you will be required to set up a payment plan for your Tuition and/or Accommodation. Please see the section titled “How and when do I pay”.

Award letters must be written and signed on headed paper and need to include your name, course, amount and duration of funding. The award letter must also specify your sponsor’s full contact details including a telephone number and email address. 

The University’s annual fees cover registration, tuition and examinations. Fees must be paid in full at the beginning of each academic year. 

All award letters must be received by the first instalment date in our Fee Liability Policy otherwise the University will consider you to be a self-financing student.

Once we have received your award letter, we will update your student account to reflect your funding and an invoice will be issued to your sponsor.  Payment terms are strictly 30 days from the date the invoice is raised. In the event your sponsor does not pay, any outstanding amount will be transferred back to your student account and you will become liable for payment. Any unpaid Tuition and/or Accommodation will be subject to the University Student Debt Recovery Policy.

Award Letters can either be emailed to sponsorletters@sussex.ac.uk or handed in to the Student Accounts office any weekday between 10am to 4pm.

Student Loans Company Funding (Student Finance)

If you are in receipt of funding from Student Finance, and your student account does not reflect this, please provide a copy of your financial notification to Student Accounts. Our office is open to in person callers weekdays from 10am to 4pm, or your letter can be emailed to studentaccounts@sussex.ac.uk. For further details on Student Finance please click on the Student Finance tab on the Student Accounts homepage.

Career Development Loans (CDL)

If you have been accepted for a Career Development Loan please provide a copy of your loan acceptance letter to Student Accounts.  Our office is open to in person callers weekdays from 10am to 4pm, or your letter can be emailed to studentaccounts@sussex.ac.uk

This letter should include the amount of your total tuition fee loan, along with a schedule specifying when your loan provider will make payments to the University. Please note that loan providers do not supply this information to the University so unless we are informed you will be classed as self-financing.

In the event your loan does not cover the entire amount of your tuition fee, you will be able to arrange payment of the outstanding balance once your student account has been amended to reflect your funding. You can either pay the balance in full or set up a payment plan if the amount exceeds £300 (three instalments taken from your nominated debit or credit card in October, January and April).

American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

The Student Funding Team within the Student Life Centre administer American student loans and Federal student aid. Please see the link below for more information:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/americanstudentloans

What additional costs might I have?

The University has formalised its policy on course-related ‘additional costs’ that a student may incur in addition to their tuition fees. 

For the purpose of this policy, ‘additional costs’ are defined as legitimate charges which the University may charge students for tuition-related expenses (i.e. excluding cost of living expenses such as rent, insurance, bills, food etc.). Such costs include; 

  • Specialist equipment or materials
  • Field trip and excursion costs
  • Bench fees (research students)

Through this policy the University aims to follow best practice and ensure; 

  • Compliance with guidance provided by the Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA) and other relevant bodies.
  • Transparency so that prospective and current students are able to make informed decisions and have the opportunity to financially plan.
  • Inclusivity. Supporting the University’s commitment to inclusivity by trying to reduce student costs, make costs non-mandatory or offering alternatives where possible.
  • Efficiency. Central administration of costs and consistency of process to ensure value for money.
What happens if I am unable to pay my tuition fees?

Failure to have an agreed payment plan in place and maintain regular payments may result in sanctions being applied to your account. If you are experiencing difficulties in maintaining your agreed payments, it is important that you discuss these with us in order that we can help to resolve any issues.

Find out more about the Student Debt Recovery Policy.