Fees and funding

How to pay your fees

You can pay your tuition fees with a student loan, sponsorship, Debit/Credit Card and Western Union GlobalPay Service. You must say how you will pay your fees when you register. You can set up your payment before the registration process.

Student Loan (UK/EU) SFE or equivalent

Undergraduate student loans

If your fees will be paid to us by Student Finance England (or equivalent), select this option during online registration.

Postgraduate student loans

Postgraduate loans are paid directly to you. Therefore, you must arrange to pay your fees yourself by following the instructions for self-payment. You will be required to pay at least 15% of the annual course fee before the first instalment of your loan is released. It is important you plan for this beforehand. See postgraduate students 'when to pay fees' for further information.


If you have applied for a tuition fee loan, select 'Query fee' during your online registration and enter your student support number (SFDU). If you can provide proof of an application, we will grant your registration for six weeks to allow one of the following to happen:

  • Your support provider confirms that your fees will be paid.
  • Your support provider states you are ineligible for support.
  • You make alternative arrangements to pay your tuition fees.

What happens if my fees have not been paid after the six-week period?

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding team with evidence you have applied for student support and fulfilled any additional requests from the provider. Students who have not made arrangements for payment after the six-week period will become subject to the university's Policy and Procedures for Non-Payment of Tuition Fees and will need to pay 50% of the stated tuition fee.

UK payment options

Debit / Credit Card

You can pay by card (except Amex or Diners Club) either in one instalment or two 50% instalments of your annual tuition fee. As soon as the payment is authorised, you should receive a confirmation.

Western Union

International students can pay a deposit in your home currency through Western Union. GlobalPay offers a fast direct transfer to our account using your student account number. You will need your Applicant ID (begins with 00) to make your payment. This can be found on your offer letter.

Visit Western Union GlobalPay to pay your deposit. It can take up to 3 working days for the payment to reflect against your student account. You can track the payment on the payment portal by clicking on 'track your payment' tab. You will be sent a receipt from the Western Union Global Pay.

Charges for failed payments

If your card payment is reclaimed, you face a £50 charge in addition to the remaining fee balance. Your access to certain university services will be limited.

Sponsorship (payment process for sponsors)

Your employer should confirm sponsorship and request an invoice by email to PATteam@gre.ac.uk.

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

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

International students

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


If a sponsor is paying for part of your course fees (e.g. 50%), you can pay the remaining balance either in full or in two equal instalments.

You are fully responsible for any fee payment not made by the sponsor. Otherwise, you become subject to the sanctions in our Policy for Non-Payment of Tuition Fees.

International Students

Pre-registration deposits

The University of Greenwich encourages all students to make payments through our Western Union payment portal. Making payment through this portal will enable us to receive your payment in a quicker more efficient way, generally within 3 working days which enables to you progress with you application to study with us and to apply for a student visa. You are also likely to receive a more favourable exchange rate saving you money.

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.

If you are being sponsored by a third party, such as your government or employer, a deposit payment is not required. The university will accept proof of sponsorship in lieu of the deposit payment. This includes the federal loans for USA students, FAFSA.

Deposit deadlines

Deposits must be paid before you can begin the process of being issued your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number, which is required for your Student Visa application.

There are also separate financial requirements in order to be issued a CAS. You can find out more information on our CAS guidance pages.

You must pay your deposit by certain deadlines to get your CAS in time to begin - usually 2-3 weeks before your course starts. We publish these dates a few months before the start of each intake.


To begin registration, you must have accepted an unconditional offer from the university. Check your offer letter for further instructions. Registration usually opens in the month before your course is due to begin. In order to complete registration, you must have paid at least 50% of the remaining fee (after the deposit is deducted).

Full payment

If you pay the full balance of your fees at registration and complete before 30 September (for September starts), 31 January (for January starts) or 30 April (for April starts), you will receive a 2.5% prompt payment discount. The discount applies to net tuition fees only.

Payment plan

Alternatively, you can pay the remaining balance in two instalments. You will be asked to pay the first 50% of the balance at registration. For September starters, the final payment will be due by the last Friday in January. For January starters, the final payment will be due by the last Friday in May.

Sample payment option:

Example payment


Example tuition fee


Pre-registration deposit




Payment required to complete registration


Remaining balance due


Payment options

Once you have started registration, you can complete additional payments by: Western Union GlobalPay or via Debit / Credit Card through the Student Portal.

  • Log in to the Portal.
  • Select 'Student records'.
  • Select 'Check account | Make online payments'.
  • Select 'Programme fee transactions'.
  • Follow instructions on screen.

Tuition fee policies

All fees paid to the University of Greenwich are subject to our Tuition Fee Policies, which are subject to review on an annual basis. All deposits are held subject to the Charging and Refund Policy and are non-refundable unless you fail to meet the academic conditions of your offer or your application for a Student Visa is refused.

Tuition fee letter requests

We do not produce tuition fee letters for international students. If you are registering for your first year, you will find your tuition fee information on your offer letter. If you are a returning student and require evidence that payment is owed to the university, you can request a tuition fee statement.

When to pay your tuition fees?

Course fees

If you are paying your fees yourself, you can pay in full during registration or in two instalments. If you choose instalments, you pay at least 50% during registration (after discounts and deposits). The rest is payable on the following dates:

  • The last Friday in January (for September starts)
  • The last Friday in May (for January starts)
  • About 5 months after registration (any other start date).
What to do
  • Log in to the Student Portal.
  • Select 'Student records'
  • Select 'Check account | Make online payments'
  • Select 'Programme fee transactions (tuition fees)'
  • Follow instructions on screen.

Postgraduate students

In addition to the options detailed above, the university will also accept the following instalment schedule for UK/EU students only:

  • 15% of the annual course fee by registration
  • 18% within 3 weeks of completing registration
  • 33% by the last Friday in January
  • 34% by the last Friday in April.

If you begin in January or another part of the year, you will be allowed to split your payments at similar intervals. If you have applied for a postgraduate loan, you will need to pay at least 15% of the annual course fee before the first instalment of your loan is release to you. It is important that you plan for this before hand.

Discounts for paying in full

You may receive a discount on tuition fees if you pay in full at registration (by the last day in September or January or within four weeks of the start if you begin at another time of year). Postgraduate courses starting in January are also eligible if the full course fee is paid at registration.

Tuition fee policies

Our university policy governs our regulations, policies and procedures for all students. All tuition fees paid to the University of Greenwich are subject to our Tuition Fee Policies, which are reviewed on an annual basis.

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 studying equivalent or lower level qualifications (ELQs) may pay higher tuition fees or be ineligible for student 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.