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Making a payment: international students

Fees and deposits 

Tuition fees and deposits

For courses starting in either September, January or May, you’ll be able to pay your tuition fees in three instalments. 40 per cent of your first year’s course fees are due by the point you register for your course, and then a further two instalments of 30% are due in time for the second and third terms of the course. A fee payment schedule is provided below.

Starters fee information
 September starters  January starters May starters  
1st instalment of 40% due on or before registration/enrolment, 1st instalment of 40% due on or before registration/enrolment  1st instalment of 40% due on or before registration/enrolment
2nd instalment of 30% due in January and 3rd instalment of 30% due in March 2nd instalment of 30% due in March and 3rd instalment of 30% due in May 2nd instalment of 30% due in August and 3rd instalment of 30% due in October

For help understanding what your 40% payment would be, if you are an Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Research applicant, please click here

Once you have been offered a place at Brunel, you'll receive an offer email which will list all the conditions of your offer, including details of any deposits you'll need to pay. If you haven't paid your deposit by the time you have met the conditions of your offer, our admissions team will send you a reminder to do so. This deposit forms part of the initial 40 per cent of fees that are required to be paid by enrolment. It’s important you pay this deposit as soon as possible as we need to see that you’re financially committed to studying at Brunel before we’re able to issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter. You’ll need this when applying for a visa to travel to the UK. In the UK, a CAS can only be issued a maximum of three months before enrolment. By law, we’re not allowed to issue you with anything before this time. More information about CAS/VISA applications can be found here.

In addition, if you’re doing a Pre-sessional English course (PSE) with the Brunel Language Centre you’ll need to pay a £1,000 deposit for this before you can be issued with a CAS.

If at any point you’d like to pay more towards your tuition fees, you can. In fact, if you're a fully self-funded student and pay all of your tuition fees by enrolment in September, you can get a 2 per cent discount on the overall fee. The discount won’t be applied automatically, so simply remove 2 per cent from the total fee you’re paying (after deducting any other discounts to which you may be entitled).

Accommodation fees and deposits

If you’ve applied for accommodation on campus, you'll need to accept the contract and pay the £350 deposit after your offer is made unconditional (this is normally once you've met the academic conditions of your offer). The accommodation team will send you an email letting you know when you’ll need to make this payment in order to secure a room, so make sure you keep an eye out for it and check your junk and spam folders regularly.

For information on how to make payments if you’re a Home/EU student please click here.

Sanctioned countries

Students must not make payments to the University from Cuba , Crimea, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Donetsk & Luhansk . The University has a legal obligation to comply with international sanctions laws; it is subject to regulations surrounding payments that originate, directly or indirectly, from countries which are subject to sanctions. Students need to ensure that any payments from the sponsors to the University are only for amounts due to the University that do not fall under any UK sanction laws and any additional funds are paid directly to the student.

For more information on Sanctions please click here.

Update on cash payments

We will not be accepting cash payments for tuition, accommodation or any other charges issued on the account. You should therefore make appropriate arrangements to pay using the alternative payment options below.

If you do bring large amounts of cash onto campus, you will be doing so at your own risk, and the University will not accept any liability for any loss you may suffer as a result. You will not be able to also  deposit the cash into the University bank account at the local HSBC branch due to AML regulations. Cash Deposit can only be made into personal named account and not into a third party account.

 When making card payments online or by phone:

  • Make sure you have sufficient funds in your bank account or that your credit card limit will cover your payment.
  • Contact your bank (for debit cards) or your card issuer (for credit cards) in advance to let them know that you will be making a payment to Brunel University London towards your fees issued. Some card issuers automatically block transactions that don't fit your usual spend pattern or are over a certain amount of money as you may have a daily spend limit.
  • If the online payment system declines your transaction, call your bank or card issuer. They should be able to tell you why it was declined and may be able to authorise your card so that you can try again. If your payment is ringfenced due to 3D Secure check failure the bank would usually return the funds back to your account within 3-5 working days hence please contact your bank directly as the University is not able to assist on this matter. 

Keep away from targeted scams and frauds

Students, generally international are subject to been particularly vulnerable to financial crimes when paying towards their university fees. Please be aware that online and telephone financial fraud is on the rise. Often fraudsters will offer significant discounts, incentives, or attractive exchange rates. Please remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Tuition and accommodation fees should always be paid directly to Brunel University London. 

You should never provide your personal or banking details to any company or individual that says it offers discounts or preferable exchange rates.

Most common scams to look out for include: 

  • Fee payment scams: use of unknown external third-party agents making a payment on the student’s behalf or FX Bureau agents. You can also be approached by a fraudster and/or another student either in person or via social media. They will offer to provide help to pay forthcoming tuition fees.  The fraudster will initiate the tuition fee payment using a stolen bank, debit/credit details. However, the fraudster is well aware the payment is unlikely to be successful and will disappear before the payment is chargedback when reported by the genuine cardholder with their bank. Another example includes where the fraudster will appear to have made a successful payment by sending you a copy of the receipt showing the full payment made. In reality, all they have done is made a successful payment of an mimimum amount such as £ 1 using a stolen debit/credit card and then altered the receipt to make it seem like they have made a full tuition fee payment. 
  • Money muling: the ‘money mule’ trap involves students being offered payment in exchange for receiving money temporarily into their bank account. They will then be asked to withdraw the cash to hand over or transfer it on. This type of scam is on the increase, targeting students who are short of cash and may be tempted by offers to make ‘easy money’ on job search or social media websites.

Losing money on tuition fees can have serious consequences on your studies and admission. Money Laundering is a serious criminal offence, and it is treated as such by Law Enforcement. Indirectly, you get involved in that process and there could be an enquiry. Severe impact on your reputation.

Advice for students:

    • Be mindful of ongoing scams.Learn more about Tuition Fee and Refunds Scam, Money Laundering, Secure websites, Phishing, and Card Payment Scams.
    • Request for a number to call back. Usually, a fraudster will never give out their details. Do not share anything over a phone call . Do not share your bank account number, credit or debit card details, PIN with anyone. Your bank will never ask for full details over the phone, like the PIN. 
    • Avoid sharing any details about your college/ course, University login credentials with anyone, especially on social media with strangers, any third party agent.
    • When in doubt, always contact the University Finance department. Never be pressured by any deadline, threats of retaliation or threats to revoke your student visa if payment is not made. 
    • Never transfers the funds to an unknown third party before confirming with the University in person that receipt provided is legit or not. 
    • Be cautious of unsolicited offers of easy money or discounts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no discounts on tuition fees offered via our social media channels. Beware of favourable exchange rates provided by unsolicited agents.
    • Do not feel pressurised to transfer the money to an unknown individual. Stay calm, be aware and sceptical of such scams and act accordingly.

For further guidance please see the action fraud website

If you or your appointed third party is found to have made a fake/fraudulent payment, the University will hold you responsible and take disciplinary actions against you which may result in your de-registration from the course immediately. We strongly advice that payments on your account are either made by yourself or an immediate trust-worthy member of family and not by an unknown third party. The University is not accountable of any financial loss to yourself and you will be asked to settle any charges payable to the University.

 

How to pay

There are two ways in which you can pay your tuition fees and deposit, accommodation deposit and Brunel Language Centre fees; online or via telephone (see the details below). 

For all payment methods, you’ll need your student ID number to reference your payment. This is the seven digit number that appears towards the top of all the emails that the Brunel admissions team have sent to you. Unfortunately, we’re unable to identify payments received without the relevant reference, which may result in a delay to your application process.

Please note, the time in which it takes for the funds to update in your student account are shown next to each payment method. Once the payment is showing in your student account, our admissions team will then process your payment and send you an email shortly afterwards to confirm receipt of payment and to let you know they’re working on your CAS. At certain times of the year the admissions team gets really busy, so don’t worry if you’ve not heard back right away, it can take up to two weeks for the team to process this.

Options to make secured payment online ( Payments will reflect on your evision account within 2-3 working days)

We strongly encourage Students to make payments through their Evision account with Flywire as this is the quickest way of paying against your account and payee have more transparency on their payment journey with Flywire including less risk of manually entering incorrect details unlike option 2 requiring  input of each field.

1. Pay on Evision with Flywire

  • Tuition Deposits: Applicants can make a tuition deposit payment via their ‘my Applications’ portal in eVision. Clicking the ‘Pay Your Tuition Deposit’ button will allow applicants to view their deposit amount, find useful financial information and make a payment through Flywire.

Note : We are currently not accepting Deposit Payments from January 2023 offer holders other than Pre-sessional English offer holders. We request that you do not make a payment.
  • Enrolled students with access to eVision are encouraged to log into their account to make payment against invoice charges issued on their account. Students will also be directed to make a payment through Flywire during their registration task when enrolling to allow to pay the remainder of the charges due for payment. For all other payments such as Prepayments prior registration please choose option 3 “ Pay Online Now”

Student will be directed to the Flywire Portal that allows them to make payment by debit/credit card, e-wallet in addition to an option for bank transfer in local currency.

  • Brunel University London has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from students based in the UK and internationally. Flywire enables students to make payments securely from the safety and convenience of your home and for international students in your own currency using local payment methods. Millions of students and their parents world-wide trust Flywire to facilitate their education payments.
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Watch this video to see how Flywire works

  • Flywire offers convenient payment options from over 240 countries and territories, in more than 150 currencies
  • Flywire allows you to choose from a variety of payment methods including bank transfers, credit cards, e-wallet and more
  • Flywire offers peace of mind by providing tracking information for your payments through email, in-app and text alerts each step of the way until the payment reaches Brunel University London
  • Flywire has a robust anti-money laundering program so you can feel confident in the security of your payment.Flywire offers 24/7 multilingual customer support via email, phone or live chat

2. Pay on the Online Web Portal

  • Payments can be made securely via our online payment page by both enrolled students and students wishing to enrol by selecting the relevant options such as deposit, pre-payment against future charges to be issued or  existing invoice charges issued on your account.

Note: We are currently not accepting Deposit Payments from January 2023 offer holders other than Pre-sessional English offer holders. We request that you do not make a payment.

Our portal can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’ll need your seven digit student ID number to hand when you do this as you’ll be required to enter this in order to make a payment – this can be found near the top of the emails you’ve received from the Brunel admissions team. Note payee has to enter all relevant fields manually hence it is important that details entered are correct and against the right Payment selection as this can have an impact on correctly allocating the payment. 

Once you’ve completed all mandatory fields and submitted your payment, you’ll receive a receipt via email. Please check all details are correct.


3. You can also pay your accomodation deposit via our Accommodation Centre Student Hub when accepting your accommodation contract.

 Please note if you’re having issues in making a payment online, it could be because your bank sees the transfer as unusual activity or there’s a daily limit on your card. If this occurs please contact your bank directly.

Via telephone (two working days)

You can also make debit/credit card payments over the phone by calling our Income Office. Call us securely on +44 (0) 1895 265264 between 10am to 1pm (UK Time) Monday-Friday (excluding UK bank holidays).

Card payments taken over the phone will update your student account on the next working day.

When calling our Income Office, you’ll need to quote your student ID number (the seven digit number found at the top of all emails from the Brunel admissions team) and the reason for your payment, e.g. tuition or accommodation fees. Please note that at certain times of the year the telephone lines gets really busy, hence we encourage students to make payment online and only call if you intend to make a payment over the phone.

  • If you have a query on bank transfer payment you will need to contact Student Finance: stufin@brunel.ac.uk for assistance
  • If you have a a query on online payment you will need to contact Income Office: incomeoffice@brunel.ac.uk

Please note Income Office Team can not advice on fee related queries hence please contact student.centre@brunel.ac.uk for assistance. 

Bank transfer 

Students can only make a bank transfer in exemptional circumstances if they have not been able to make payments either online/telephone. We advise sufficient time is allowed to ensure that payment is made by the due date since bank Transfer can in some regions take a considerable amount of time to be processed that could result in not meeting the deadline payment dates. Note that Bank Transfers are increasingly becoming subject to AML checks by the banks that results in additional further delay in payment remittance hence we strongly discourage making a payment via Bank Transfers.  Download the University's bank details here.

 

How do I set up a UK bank account?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has a helpful guide to setting up a UK account on their website.