Fee deposits

Tuition fee deposits for international postgraduate taught students

If you are an international student beginning a full-time postgraduate taught degree, you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,000.

Payment of the deposit demonstrates the ability to pay costs incurred to study overseas and shows commitment to study at the University. Payment of deposit is included as a condition of your academic offer.

The University will only issue an unconditional offer and Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) when the deposit payment has been received. CAS are issued for postgraduate programmes from June onwards. Your CAS is an essential document when you are applying for your student visa through the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) Student Route points-based system. 

When do I pay? 

As students from different countries tend to apply at different points in the application cycle, deposit deadlines will vary dependent on country admissions trends.

The deposit payment deadlines are noted below:

Management School programmes

If you have received an offer for a Management School programme up to and including 31st December 2021, unless quoted otherwise, your deposit deadline has been extended to 30th April 2022.

If you have received an offer for a Management School programme between 1st January 2022 and 31st May 2022, unless quoted otherwise, your deposit deadline is 30th June 2022.

If you have received an offer for a Management School programme between 1st June 2022 and 15th July 2022, unless quoted otherwise, your deposit deadline is 1st August 2022.

For offers received on or after 16th July 2022, your deposit deadline will be specified in working days and will align with processing times in accordance with the University’s CAS issuing deadline.

All other departments

Offers made up to 15th July 2022. Payment required by 1st August 2022.

For offers received on or after 16th July 2022, your deposit deadline will be specified in working days and will align with processing times in accordance with the University’s CAS issuing deadline.

How do I pay?

You will find details of how to make a payment in your offer from the University. You will not be able to make a payment unless you have received a conditional offer.

The University's approved payment provider is CIBC. In order to make your fee deposit payment to CIBC, you will need your University/Student ID. This can be found on your offer email.

For all programmes, your full deposit amount will be deducted from your tuition fee when you register with us.

We recommend you pay your deposit as soon as possible because without the deposit payment, your offer will be withdrawn. Please see information further down on this webpage for exemptions.

Please note only international postgraduate taught offer holders who have received an offer are required to pay a fee deposit.

Paying via CIBC International Student Pay

Please note that this payment portal facilitates payments made from outside the UK.

Pay now with CIBC International Student Pay


Please note you do not need to pay a deposit if:

• Your tuition fees are fully funded, by a third-party sponsor (a government sponsor, research council, charity, US Federal Loans, commercial organisation, an international organisation) or you have been awarded a full scholarship. You must provide sufficient evidence if you are a sponsored student. This evidence should include your sponsors information, plus accompanying information which shows that you have applied for a scholarship or sponsorship;
• You are progressing from our partner institution, University of Liverpool International College;
• You have applied or are holding an offer for Pre-sessional English Language at the University’s English Language Centre;
• You are not required to pay a fee deposit if you are applying to study a research-based course such as a PhD, MPhil or MRes.


Why is the University of Liverpool charging a tuition fee deposit?

We are charging a fee deposit to bring us in line with many other UK universities. We regard this as good practice as it shows that our students have a clear intention to study with us.

Why do we need to pay the deposit through CIBC?

CIBC is an internationally recognised payment and collection service for overseas students, specifically designed for universities. It offers students a competitive rate when making your payment. 

How much is the fee deposit? 

The University’s fee deposit amount is £1,000 for the majority of programmes.
Please note that certain programmes may have a different deposit amount. Please refer to your offer letter for information.

The figures are based on our research and we feel that they are fair amounts for a tuition fee deposit.

What if I would like to pay more of my tuition fee?

Whilst the minimum fee deposit payment you need to make via CIBC is £1,000, you can pay the full amount of your tuition fees at any point in the admissions cycle. However if you would like to pay more than the minimum £1,000 deposit, any amount above this must be paid via the University's main online fee payment system. Please follow the link below for further information:

Fees payment information

We would recommend that you make further fee payments only when you have already paid the deposit and received an unconditional offer.

What if I am late paying my fee deposit? 

If you do not make a payment by the deposit deadlines as defined in your offer, your offer may be withdrawn.

What if I can't pay my deposit as soon as I accept my unconditional offer?

If you have any concerns about payment of your fee deposit, please contact pgosi@liverpool.ac.uk and include the subject line, "Fee deposit issue".

Is the tuition fee deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment is refundable if you do not meet the conditions of your offer (degree conditions, English Language). You have until the 31st July 2022 to meet the conditions of the offer and we expect offer holders to make every effort to fulfil these conditions.
You will be expected to provide evidence that you have not met the conditions before a refund will be considered. For example, if you have not met the English Language condition of your offer, you are required to provide evidence that you have taken an English Language test that does not meet the requirements of your offer, after the date that your conditional offer was issued.

The exception to the above is where an offer holder is unable to travel due to COVID-19 because of travel restrictions. We will issue a full refund in these cases.

Please read the following about refunds:

  • Refund requests will not be processed with until after 31st July 2022 and our Fees Team will issue refunds in January 2023.
  • Requests for refunds should be sent to the Admissions Team no later than the 31st October 2022.
  • Please send refund requests to pgosi@liverpool.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Deposit refund’. Include your full name, student reference, and reason that you are requesting a refund.