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Tuition fee deposits 2015/16

If you receive an offer of a place on a full-time taught postgraduate programme you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit to confirm your place. Only students who are in receipt of an approved professional career development loan, scholarship or studentship covering the full tuition fees and can provide documentary evidence of this are exempt from paying a deposit.

UK visa regulations require applicants to demonstrate the ability to pay all costs incurred as a result of study overseas and payment of the deposit demonstrates commitment in this respect. Applicants who need to obtain a Tier 4 student visa will be emailed their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies statement only when  the deposit and, if applicable, any academic or non academic conditions of our offer have been satisfied. The CAS statement will include both tuition fees due and any advance payments received at the date of issue. Applicants who wish to make larger deposit against their tuition fees can therefore do so at their own discretion but please note  the comments below about processing times.

If you are applying for a deferred place for entry in the following year, we may require you to pay your deposit on accepting your place. Details will be sent to you with your offer letter.

Deposit amounts for 2015/16 entry

International applicants £1,500
Home and Channel Islands applicants £1,000

The University reserves the right to charge differential deposit amounts based on fee status and programme availability.

Details of your deposit deadline will be included in your official offer from the University.

How can I pay?

The available payment methods are listed below. Please note it can take up to 10 working days for your payment to be cleared and, if applicable, a further 5 working days for us to update the UK Visas and Immigrations (UKVI) system with the amount received. Students needing to apply for a Tier 4 visa should note that we will only send one CAS statement  to you so if you wish to pay more than the compulsory deposit we recommend you do so at the same time or wait until you have obtained your visa.

Processing these transactions may be delayed at busy times such as around the deposit deadline and the start of term. Please visit our how to pay pages for the different methods of payment.

Deposit Refund Policy?

Once you have made your deposit payment there will be a 14 day cooling off period from the date the payment was made. Should your circumstances change during these 14 days you can request a deposit refund by emailing (please include your full name, programme and Exeter reference number in the email).

After the 14 day cooling off period the University of Exeter policy on deposit refunds is that deposits are non-refundable except in cases where:

  • A Tier 4 General (Adult) Student visa has been refused. In such circumstances you must email a scanned copy of the Entry Clearance Officer’s refusal letter, along with your full name and University reference number to the Admissions Office at
  • You fail to meet the University’s English Language requirements. Failure to arrange to take an appropriate English Language test prior to the start of your programme* will not be considered grounds for a refund: you must provide evidence of having taken a recognised test within 5 months, prior to the start of your programme, in order to qualify. In such circumstances you must email a scanned copy of the relevant evidence, along with your full name and University reference number to the Admissions Office at or discuss your case in person if you are studying on the INTO University of Exeter pre-sessional course.
  • You fail to satisfy the University's academic requirements. You must submit academic results to the University as soon as they are available and before the start date of your programme. If we subsequently offer you a place on the same programme and you choose not to take up the place, your deposit payment will be retained. In such circumstances you must email a scanned copy of the relevant transcripts, along with your full name and university reference number to

All deposit refunds must be requested in writing (  The request must be submitted along with any evidence within 30 days of the official start date of your programme (start dates can be found on your University of Exeter offer letter).

* Applicants who have deferred from the previous year must supply a suitable certificate of their English language ability, or evidence of a confirmed place on pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter, no later than 26 June 2015 for entry in September 2015.

Please note: If you are found to have provided fraudulent documentation or incorrect in support of your University or UK visa application the above refund policy will not apply . In such circumstances any offer from the University will be invalidated and we will notify the UKVI and retain the deposit payment.

By making a deposit payment you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Deposit Refund Policy. If you have any queries about the deposit payment or refund policy please contact us at