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.

The University will only issue a 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) Tier 4 points-based system. 

When do I pay?

The deposit payment deadlines are noted below:

Management School programmes

  • Offers made from 1st October 2019 to 31st December 2019. Payment required by 28th February 2020 or offer withdrawn
  • Offers made from 1st January 2020 to 31st May 2020. Payment required by 30th June 2020 or offer withdrawn
  • Offers made from 1st June 2020 to 31st July 2020. Payment required by 16th August 2020 or offer withdrawn.

All other departments

Deadlines are: 

  • Offers made up to 31st July 2020. Payment required by 16th August 2020 or offer withdrawn.

When you have received a conditional offer and have the intention to study at the University of Liverpool you should pay your fee deposit of £1,000, which is a specified condition of your offer. Your offer will not become unconditional until the deposit has been paid.

All international applicants are required to make a deposit payment (except those who can demonstrate that they are sponsored by a third party including government or commercial organisation) and the amount will be offset against the tuition fee at the start of the academic year.

How do I pay?

Once you have received your offer from the University, you will receive an email from Flywire, the University's approved payment provider. This email will contain instructions on how to activate your account and pay your deposit. In order to make your fee deposit payment, you will need your University/Student ID. This can be found on your offer email.

Once you have paid your tuition fee deposit you will receive a confirmation of payment via email from Flywire.

For all programmes, your full deposit amount will be deducted from your tuition fee when you register with us in September 2020.

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 deadline information and any exclusions.

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


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, 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 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 Flywire?

Flywire 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 of Liverpool’s fee deposit is £1,000. This figure is based on our research and we feel this is a fair amount for a deposit. 

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

Whilst the minimum fee deposit payment you need to make via Flywire is £1,000, you can pay the full amount of your tuition fees at any point in the admissions process. 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 either of the links below:

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 will 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 will have until 31st July 2020 to meet the conditions of the offer and we expect offer holders to make every effort to meet the conditions of their offer. You will be expected to provide evidence that you have not met the conditions of your offer before a refund will be considered. For example, if you have failed to meet the English Language condition of your offer, you will have 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 Coronavirus COVID-19. We will issue a full refund if there are travel restrictions in place that mean you are unable to travel. Refund requests will not be processed with until after the 31st July 2020. Requests for refunds should be sent no later than the 31st October 2020. 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.

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