Fees and funding

How to pay your fees

Discover the payment options available to pay your fees to the University of Greenwich.

  • Payment by Student Finance England (UK / EU)

    Payment by Student Finance England (or regional equivalent) / Student Finance Services European Team of Undergraduate Tuition Fee Loans

    Undergraduate students

    If you are expecting your fees to be paid directly to us by Student Finance England or equivalent, you should select this option.

    If we have received confirmation that your fees will be paid in full, this will be logged in online registration and you should bypass the finance stage of registration. If you are yet to receive confirmation of your support entitlement, see 'Awaiting confirmation of fee support' below.

    If you are unsure of the support that you may be entitled to receive, Student Finance England has information on what is available and how to apply. Apply for student support as early as possible to confirm that you are eligible and to avoid delays.

    Postgraduate students

    (If you are in receipt of a postgraduate loan, please see 'Self-payer' below.)

    A small number of postgraduate courses, such as a PGCE, qualify for undergraduate student support. (For more info, contact Student Finance.) If you have applied for a tuition fee loan, select the 'Query fee' button in online registration providing the support number issued by Student Finance England.

    Where appropriate, we will activate registration on your account so you can proceed. If you have not yet received confirmation but can prove that the application has been made, we will enable temporary registration for 6 weeks. The full confirmation or 50% payment must be made by the end of this period.

    Studying an equivalent or lower qualification (ELQs)

    If you are studying a qualification that is equivalent to, or lower than, an award you currently hold, you will not normally be eligible for student support. Exceptions to this include NHS courses, such as Nursing.

    More about equivalent and lower qualifications.

  • Awaiting confirmation for fee support (UK / EU)

    If you and the university have not received confirmation from Student Finance England regarding payment of your fees, you can still select it as a payment option. You will see the following:

    "No 2018/19 tuition fee data is being held by the university."

    If your support provider has not confirmed your fee payment arrangement by the time you need to register, you can select the following option in online registration:

    "Student Finance England (SFE), Wales or NI, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance services European Team (EU Team)."

    If you select this and we hold no tuition fee loan data for you, the university allows six weeks from the date you begin online registration for one of the following to happen:

    1. Your student support provider confirms that your fees will be paid. Unless you are reassessed at a later date, you are unlikely to need to take any further action.*
    2. Your student support provider confirms that you are not entitled to fees support. You must log into the student portal to arrange to pay your tuition fees or you will be subject to the university's Policy and Procedures for the Non-Payment of Tuition Fees.

    If almost six weeks have passed and you are still awaiting a decision, contact Student Finance with evidence that you have applied for student support and supplied any documentation that you have been asked for.

    *If you add additional credits to your record above the standard course, you may have to pay additional fees (via the student portal). If you are a part-time student, you will also need to make payment of any fee that is not covered by your student support provider. Contact Student Finance immediately to make arrangements for payment.

    What happens if my fees have not been paid and the six-week period has expired?

    Students who have not made arrangement for payment after the six-week period will become subject to the university's Policy and Procedures for Non-Payment of Tuition Fees.

    We will still consider extensions after the deadline if you can supply evidence of your application, but we advise you to contact us before the deadline to avoid sanctions for failure to pay fees.

  • Self-payment

    Students who are paying all or some of their fees can pay by debit / credit card or via direct bank credit (BACS). You can pay your tuition fee in full (for which you may receive a discount) or in instalments.

    All undergraduate and international students

    You can pay in full at registration or in two instalments.

    If you pay in instalments, at least 50% is due at registration (after discounts and deposits). Second payments can be made via debit / credit card through the student portal.

    For September starters, the final payment is due on or before the last Friday in January. January starters must make the second payment before the last Friday in May.

    Students with a different entry date will have a similar interval between their payments.

    New postgraduate entrants (from September 2017)

    You can pay in full at registration, or in two instalments (as above). Otherwise, the university will accept payment as follows:

    • 15% of the full annual fee at or before registration
    • 18% of the fee within 3 weeks of completing registration
    • 33% on or before the last Friday in January
    • 34% on or before the last Friday in April.

    Postgraduate students with alternative start dates (e.g. January), will be allowed to split payments at similar intervals.

    If you are in receipt of a Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England or regional equivalent, you are a self-payer and must select one of these payment options.

    You will not receive your postgraduate loan until you have paid at least 15% of the annual fee and completed online registration. Therefore, it is important that you make sufficient financial plans to ensure that you are able to follow one of these payment schedules.

    Discounts for paying in full

    You may receive a discount if you pay your fees in full at registration - by the last day in September or the last day in January of the relevant academic year.

    One-year postgraduate courses starting in January are also eligible if the full course fee is paid at registration. If your course begins at another time of year, the discount applies if you pay in full within four weeks of the start. 

    The discount applies only to tuition fees, once all other discounts have been deducted.

  • Debit / Credit card

    You can pay by card during online registration. You must use a single card to pay at least 50% of the due fee.

    We do not accept Amex or Diners Club cards.

    If you select card payments, you will be directed to a secure page provided by Barclaycard. You may need to contact your bank to authorise the online payment.

    If you need to make more than one card payment, this is done via the student portal. You will need to pay at least 50% of the due fee.

    As soon as the payment is authorised, you should receive a confirmation.

    If your card payment is reclaimed

    If your card payment is not honoured or is reclaimed, you face a £50 charge in addition to the remaining fee balance. Your access to certain university services will be limited and you may be asked to see the Head of Student Finance. See more in our Policy and Procedures for Non-Payment of Tuition Fees.

  • Bank transfer / BACS

    This option is not available online.

    You can make a payment directly into the university bank account details as below:

    Bank name and address: Barclays Bank, 7-8 Victory Parade, Plumstead Road, London, SE18 6FL
    Account name: University of Greenwich Number One Account
    Sort code: 20-98-73
    Account number: 00904244
    SWIFT/BIC: BARCGB22
    IBAN: GB28BARC20987300904244

    If paying by bank transfer

    • Use your full name and student ID number as the transfer reference number. This is how we allocate the payment to your student account.
    • Keep a copy or screenshot of the transfer in case any issues arise.

    If you transfer a payment before you register online, this amount should already be deducted from your balance. It may take a few days for this to show on your student finance account. Please wait until the balance updates before you proceed with registration.

    To take advantage of discounts, you should allow enough time for your balance to update by any payment deadline.

  • Cheques

    We discourage personal cheques as they can significantly delay your registration and the release of any student support. We recommend that you request a Banker's draft, which is safer and quicker.

    If this is the only method available to you, please send a cheque (made payable to the University of Greenwich) to:

    University of Greenwich Student Finance and Finance Support
    Dreadnought 117C
    Park Row
    London
    SE10 9LS

    If paying by cheque:

    • Provide your name and student ID on the back of the cheque.
    • If your card payment is not honoured or is reclaimed, you face a £50 charge in addition to the remaining fee balance. Your access to certain university services will be limited and you may be asked to see the Head of Student Finance. Find out more in our Policy and Procedures for Non-Payment of Tuition Fees.
  • Sponsorship

    Employer Sponsorship (Home)

    Your employer should confirm sponsorship and request an invoice either by letter to the address below or by email to studentfinance@gre.ac.uk. You can also bring a letter with you when you arrive at university, though this could delay your registration. 

    Letters of sponsorship from individuals (e.g. relatives/friends) are not accepted.

    Official sponsors (International)

    You cannot be admitted as a registered student of the university until an acceptable arrangement has been agreed for the payment of fees. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you are expected to fund your course yourself, unless you have an official financial sponsor.

    An official financial sponsor is: Her Majesty's Government, the student's home National Government, the British Council, an international company/organisation or university. (We reserve the right to decide which organisations we accept as financial sponsors.)

    Your sponsorship letter must:

    • Request an invoice on company-headed paper
    • Include your full name and University of Greenwich student ID number
    • Include the course you are being sponsored for
    • Include the value of tuition fee sponsorship in pounds sterling.
    • Include a purchase order number if required by your company or organisation
    • State clearly to whom the invoice should be sent, plus a postal address (if different from the name and address on the sponsor's letter).

    Address for employer letters and cheque payments

    University of Greenwich Student Finance and Finance Support
    Dreadnought 117C
    Park Row
    London
    SE10 9LS

    Please ensure that the student name and student ID number is included on any letter or cheque.

    Part-sponsorship

    If a sponsor is paying for part of your course fees (e.g. 50%), you must pay the remaining balance for the academic year to be able to register.

    Responsibility for fee payments

    Students are responsible for any fee payment not made by the sponsor. Otherwise, you will be subject to the sanctions in our Policy and Procedures for Non-Payment of Tuition Fees.

Deposits for international students

A pre-registration deposit of £3,000 is required for all courses based on our three campuses at the time of accepting an offer. The deposit is deducted from the balance of tuition fees you pay on registration.

Paying the pre-registration deposit

Deposits must be paid by bank draft or electronic transfer to the university bank account. They cannot be paid by cheque, by card or in cash.

We hold deposits for a maximum of two years, during which you will need to fulfil one of the following:

  • Enrol on to your intended course (if you have deferred entry to a later academic session)
  • Provide evidence to the university of a failed visa application
  • Provide evidence to the university that you have not met the academic conditions of your offer. 

After this time, the deposit is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Additional notes

  • Unless arrangements as set out above are agreed at registration, you will not be registered.
  • Fees are subject to an annual fee-setting exercise and will rise annually in line with the RPI-X (Retail Price Index exc. mortgage interest payments) subject to the maximum regulated fee rates set by the UK Government. For example, the 2015-16 forecast was 3.34%, so a student paying £5,000 in 2014-15 would have faced an increase of 3.34% to £5,167 in 2015-16.
  • Any fee rate increase considers whether this is needed to reflect the increased cost of delivering the course in subsequent years.
  • Students judged to be studying equivalent or lower level qualifications (ELQs) may face higher tuition fees or a different level of support.
  • The university reserves the right to charge for any additional courses or credits and amend the fee due where necessary after you have completed online registration. This includes (but is not limited to) students who have transferred in to the university and direct-entry students unable to meet the end-on regulations.