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Fees and finance

Information on various aspects of Fees and Finance across the University can be accessed below:

  • Current Fees
  • Tuition Fee Policy

    University of Stirling Tuition Fee Policy

    Purpose

    1. The purpose of this policy is to set out the tuition fee liability that applies to students upon enrolment for their course of study.

    Scope
    2. The policy relates to:

    • Student tuition fee liability

    The policy does not relate to:

    • Non-refundable tuition fee deposits
    • Accommodation fees
    • Field trip fees
    • Students on years one or two of an Integrated Degree Courses with Forth Valley College. These students are subject to the relevant Forth Valley College tuition fee policies in years one and two.

    This policy replaces the ‘Tuition Fee Refund Policy’ and applies to students who began their studies in 2014-15 or later. The policy relevant to students who commenced their studies prior to 2014-15 can be accessed from Tuition Fees Refund Policy prior to 2014-15.

    Policy

    3. All students bear a personal liability for the tuition fees associated with the course / courses of study for which they enrol.

    4. For students who are sponsored, or in receipt of tuition fee support from a statutory funding agency, in the event of the sponsor or support provider not making payment in respect of the tuition fees the student will be personally liable for the payment:

    • The full annual tuition for students funded by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) will be paid by SAAS for all students in attendance at 1 December. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence before 1 December will be liable for a proportion of their tuition fee as outlined in point 5 of this policy
    • The annual tuition fee for rest of UK undergraduate students in receipt of a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC) will be paid to the University in three instalments.  Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence will be liable for a proportion of their tuition fee as outlined in point 5 of this policy, minus any tuition fee loan payments for which the student is eligible at the point of withdrawal

    5. The University will apply the following rules when calculating tuition fee liability for students who withdraw, suspend or discontinue their studies at the University:

    Courses of study invoiced on an annual basis

    Students who withdraw, suspend or discontinue studies

    Tuition Fee Liability

    Within the first two weeks of the official start date of the course

    10% of annual tuition fee is due

    After the first two weeks and within the first 14 weeks of the official start date of the course

    60% of annual tuition fee is due

    Thereafter

    100% of annual tuition fee due

    Courses of study invoiced on a modular basis*

    Students who withdraw, suspend or discontinue studies

    Tuition Fee Liability

    Within the first two weeks of the official start date of the module

    10% of annual tuition fee is due

    After the first two weeks of the official start date of the module

    100% of annual tuition fee is due

    *Certain courses of study are invoiced on a modular basis, such as the MSc Applied Professional Studies.

    6. Only in exceptional circumstances will the University consider reducing a student’s tuition fee liability or refunding a portion of tuition fees paid.

    7. A student can apply to have a request for a reduction or refund considered by the University using the Tuition Fee Liability Reduction or Refund Application Procedure, and applications will be considered on their individual merit.

    8. Students who are considering leaving their course of study are encouraged to first make contact with the University for advice and guidance before making a decision to leave. Further information on the range of support available can be found on the University website.

    9. Applications for a reduction in liability or a refund of tuition fees are not normally considered on the basis of:

    • Academic difficulties or failure;
    • Financial difficulty;
    • A student choosing to cease studies at the University or transfer to another institution;
    • Social issues e.g. career aspirations or reasons for coming to the University have changed.

    10. Any tuition fee amounts which are eligible to be refunded would first be used to offset any existing debts to the University (e.g. accommodation fees) before being refunded.

    11. Where a student undertakes an approved period of leave of absence and therefore a temporary suspension of their studies is put in place, the student remains liable to pay any outstanding fees which may be due at the point of suspension of studies.

    12. Tuition fees already paid by a student taking an approved period of leave of absence are not normally refunded but retained until studies are resumed or permanent withdrawal occurs. Where a student resumes their studies after a leave of absence the retained amount can be used to offset tuition fee charges for that academic year.  If a student decides not to return after an approved leave of absence and to withdraw from their studies they can request refund of the retained fees by contacting the University’s Income Office.

    13. The University offers students the opportunity to pay tuition fees in instalments via an agreed payment plan. Students who withdraw from their course of study are required to honour their agreed payment plan until their tuition fee balance is cleared.

    14. If it is determined that a student has over-paid tuition fees to the University, any over-payment will be first offset against other University debt (e.g. accommodation, parking, library) before being refunded.

  • SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant

    We would advise that you should review the details of the HE Part-time fee grant which have been published on the SAAS website located on the following web page - http://www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/index.htm and check your eligibility to apply for Part-time fee grant funding from SAAS.

    Should you have any further queries regarding the content of this email, please contact Fees Section by emailing smro.tuitionfees@stir.ac.uk .

  • Student Loans

    Please note that a delay in enrolling could lead to a delay in the receipt of your student loan payment.

    Once enrolment is fully completed notification of attendance is sent electronically to the Student Loans Company each day at 3:00pm.

    The Student Loans Company will usually pay your loan into your bank account by electronic cash transfer (BACS) on the first day of semester as long as you have completed enrolment 3-4 working days prior to this. If you enrol after the start of semester then they will usually pay your loan into your bank account within 3-4 working days of your enrolment. You must have completed online Administrative Enrolment and be in attendance for any payment to be made. New students should enrol online and collect your ID card which will trigger your confirmation of attendance at the University. Continuing students are advised to ensure they complete online enrolment in order for attendance to be confirmed and the SLC payments to be released.

    2017/18 Payment Dates

    • Scottish domiciled students

    For students commencing a programme of study in September 2017, your loan payments will be made monthly.

    • Non-Scottish domiciled students

    If you are a non-Scottish domiciled student commencing a programme of study in September 2017 you will receive your loan on the following dates:

    First Payment

    11 September 2017

    Second Payment

    31 October 2017

    Third Payment

    15 January 2018

    If you are a non-Scottish domiciled student commencing a programme of study in January 2018 you will receive your loan on the following dates:

    First Payment

    15 January 2018

    Second Payment

    27 February 2018

    *(only if you have enrolled and collected your ID card at least 4 working days prior to the semester start date, otherwise it will be 3 to 4 working days after you enrol).

    Information for Health Sciences Students

    • Scottish domiciled students

    For questions concerning SAAS and your nursing bursary please contact the Student Support Office in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport (Stirling Campus), Student Services (Highland Campus) or Student Services (Western Isles Campus). Please note that students are only eligible to apply for a SAAS bursary and cannot apply for a student loan from Student Finance.

    • RUK students in receipt of SLC funding

    If you have any questions regarding your student loan please contact the Student Enrolment, Data and Fees Team.

    Payment Schedule

    Please note that the University does not require your Payment Schedule as part of the enrolment process.

    If you have any questions regarding your student record please contact the Student Enrolment, Data and Fees Team.

    SAAS Postgraduate Loans

    From 2017-2018, eligible postgraduate students can also apply for a living-cost loan.

    Value

    Tuition fee loan: £5,500 (full-time), £2,750 for a maximum of two years (part-time). Living cost loan: £4,500 (full-time only)

    Deadline

    Applications open mid-April - please apply before 30 June 2017 to ensure that your support package is in place prior to you enrolling. SAAS will however accept applications until early in 2018.

    For more information, please see our Scholarship Page.

  • Sponsor Form

    To notify the University of who is paying your fees please complete the online sponsor form here.

    Your sponsor will then be invoiced in due course. Please note that there may be a delay of 24 hours (or longer at the weekend) to update the supplied information and you will not be able to continue with Administrative Enrolment until these updates have been completed.

  • Financial Advice

    The Student Money Advice Team is a service for all students who are struggling financially or who are in need of some advice. They are based in 4Y4 Cottrell and can be contacted by emailing studentmoney@stir.ac.uk.

    See the Student Money Advice website for more information.

  • Useful Links and Addresses

    Student Loans Company

    100 Bothwell Street
    Glasgow
    G2 7JD

    Tel: 0800 405 010

    Fax: 0141 306 2005

    Web: www.slc.co.uk

    Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

    Saughton House
    Broomhouse Drive
    EDINBURGH
    EH11 3UT

    Tel: 0131 576 8212

    Fax: 0131 224 5887

    Web: http://www.saas.gov.uk/index.htm

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