No eligible full-time student will have to pay tuition fees before they start their higher education course or whilst they are studying. Instead, if they choose, their fees will be covered by a loan of up to £3,465 per year for students who normally live in Northern Ireland and £9,000 per year for students who normally live in England, Scotland or Wales (GB Students), repayable after leaving university when earning more than £15,795 a year. Students also have the option to pay their tuition fees either in whole or in part and thus reduce any potential student debt on graduating. These rates may be increased each year to cover the rate of inflation.
Assistance with payment of tuition fees is available by applying to Education and Library Boards (ELBs) or other sponsoring bodies (e.g. LEAs for English, Scottish or Welsh students). If you have not already received an application form from your ELB, you should contact them as soon as possible.
Non UK/EU students (includes ROI students)
For the academic year 2012/13, all Non UK/EU students starting in full time higher education in this year will have to pay £3,465 per year towards the cost of their education. Students may be entitled to help with their tuition fees subject to eligibility and financial income. Students must apply to the Education Board in which the College is situated. For Stranmillis University College this is the Belfast Education and Library Board, Awards Section, telephone 028 9056 4000. It is important that students apply for help as soon as possible. Late applicants result in students being required to pay the full fees until your assessment has been completed.
Non EU/International students
For the academic year 2012/2013, the tuition fee for all non EU/International students starting in full time higher education in this year will be £11,266
If you are resident in Halls you will receive an invoice for payment of the full fee at the beginning of the term. Please see Hall Fees section of the website for details of charges. Payment options are listed below.
You can pay your fees in one of three ways:
Payments should be made at registration or directly to the Finance Office. Cheques/Drafts should be made payable to 'Stranmillis University College'. Please ensure your full name and student number is written clearly on the reverse of the cheque/draft.
Payment can be made via credit/debit card, either at the Finance Office or by telephone (9038 4339/487). Please note there is a 2.5% charge for credit card payments.
Fees can be made by Direct Debit as follows:
7 equal payments commencing on or after 1 November
3 equal payments on or after 1 November, 1 February, 1 May.
Students should be aware that any bank fees levied on the College due to cheques/Direct Debits not honoured by their bank will be passed on to the student.
Withdrawals and fees payable
If a student needs to withdraw from a course they should discuss the situation first with their Adviser of Studies. The University requires formal notification of withdrawal on the appropriate temporary/permanent withdrawal from which the student must complete and sign and which also needs to be signed by their Adviser of Studies. If a student withdraws from a course they will be required to pay a percentage of the fees. The amount charged will depend on the date of formal withdrawal from the course, as stated on the withdrawal form. Details of amounts payable are available from the Finance Office.
Non-payment of fees - Penalties
Non-payment of fees will result in suspension from the College. This entails removal of the right to access College facilities such as library and computers and prevention of course progression. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all these fees are paid. Therefore, if at any time you think a student is facing financial difficulty in making payments please contact the Finance Office to discuss the situation.