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 September starters, you can pay your tuition fees in full or in three instalments in October, January and April. For students starting in January, you can pay your tuition fees in full or in 2 instalments in January and April. Payment plans are set up as part of the registration process or through your online Sussex Direct account. Instalments will be taken from your nominated debit or credit card.

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

If you wish to pay in full, you can pay with a debit or credit card online when you register, or 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 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Alternatively international payments can be made through Western Union. If you need further information please email Student Accounts at

Sponsored Students

If your tuition fees are being paid by a company or other organisation, please provide an award letter confirming your funding to our office. The Student Accounts Office is open to in person callers weekdays from 10am to 4pm, or your letter can be emailed to us at

Award letters should be signed and written on company headed paper, and need to include your name, course, amount and duration of funding. They also need to specify your sponsor’s full contact details including email address.

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 accordingly. In the event your sponsor does not pay your tuition fees, any outstanding amount will be transferred back to your student account and you will become liable for payment.

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 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

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:

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.