How to pay
Please be aware, applicants and students have recently been targeted in scams where discounted payment is offered for visas, tuition fees, or fee deposits. Please always use a trusted source when making payment.
- Online card payment
- International and domestic bank transfer and online payment
- Telephone card payment
- Payment by bank transfer
- Payment in person
- Using student loans from the UK government
- Getting a receipt
- Late payment fees
- Be aware of scams
If you are responsible for paying your own fees (tuition and accommodation) you have a choice of methods to make your payments.
Explore below to see which option is best for you.
Once the payment reaches us, it typically takes us 1–2 working days to process it. This does not take into account the time that it takes for the payment to reach Imperial, which can be up to 5 working days for some payment methods.
Early payment discount
Taught postgraduate students are eligible for an early payment discount if we receive payment of your fees at least 45 days before your invoice due date.
Online card payment
Imperial College has partnered with Flywire to offer online card payments.
Pay your fees using WPM / Flywire
To use our online payment system.
- You will need details including your student CID number and the number of the invoice you want to pay
- Please note that we do not accept corporate or purchasing card payments, or Diners Club card payments. These payments may fail at the point of processing; you can pay by online bank transfer instead of these methods.
- Once your payment has gone through, you will receive a transaction receipt from the system. This is not a formal receipt; see below for more information about receipts.
- We advise you to contact your card provider before making large payments so that they are aware you are using your card for this purpose. If you have difficulty making large transactions on your card, you may be able to make two or more smaller transactions to make up the total payment.
Online payments and bank transfers (international and domestic)
Imperial College has partnered with Convera to offer our students a simple, secure, and smart way to pay fees online. Convera’s platform enables payments in 140+ currencies across 200+ countries and territories.
Why choose Convera:
- Students, parents, and sponsors can use this platform to pay deposits, tuition fees and more
- Avoid costly transaction charges from your bank
- Pay online via popular options including bank transfer, credit, or debit card or eWallet
- Compare payment options instantly and Convera holds the exchange rate for 72 hours
- If you find a cheaper quote from your bank, Convera will match it with their Price Promise Guarantee
- Track your payment status by SMS and email
- Multilingual platform available in 10 languages
- Access 24/7 live chat on the platform or contact: email@example.com
Telephone card payment
You can make a payment by phone using your debit or credit card by calling our 24-hour automated telephone line: +44 (0)207 594 1195.
We don't currently accept American Express cards using this method.
Manual payment by bank transfer
To avoid delays to your payment being received we encourage you to pay via our alternative online methods. You can click on the following links to pay by card or by online bank transfer.
In order to pay by manual bank transfer, you will need to provide information about the payer and source of funds. Please complete this form to access our bank details.
Please note that we are aware of fraudsters regularly targeting our applicants and students to pay them instead of Imperial with offers of reduced fees or other incentives or by providing fake bank details.
Payment in person
Debit and credit card payments are accepted in person at the Student Hub on our South Kensington Campus.
We cannot accept cash payments or payments by cheque.
Using student loans from the UK government
Home students can apply for help from the UK government, via the Student Loans Company (SLC) towards their tuition fees:
- Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate students covers the cost of tuition for every year that your course lasts
- Master's Loan for postgraduate taught students and Doctoral loan for students studying a doctoral course like a PhD can help with your course and living costs
Home students will be able to specify whether or not they have applied or intend to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC) or an NHS Bursary for MBBS/BSc Medicine student when they register at Imperial online.
If you are receiving tuition fee support from the SLC or NHS, this will money be paid directly to Imperial and you will not receive a fee invoice.
It is important to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan every summer before the start of the academic term. Failure to do so may result in you becoming liable for the full tuition fee.
Please also ensure that you apply for the correct amount. We will invoice you directly for the difference between the loan amount applied for and the final tuition fee due to Imperial.
If you believe that you are being funded by the SLC but receive a tuition fee invoice, please check that you have received a confirmation of your loan. Once you have this confirmation, please forward a copy to the Tuition Fees team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once the team receive this confirmation, we will cancel your invoice.
Master's and Doctoral students
If you receive a Master's or Doctoral loan from the UK government, it will be paid directly to you via the Student Loans Company.
It may be used towards your tuition fees or in support of maintenance costs.
As this loan is paid directly to you, we do not regard it as sponsorship. You should therefore declare that you are self funding when you register.
You may also have the option to pay your fee in instalments – this does not apply to students receiving Postgraduate loans via the Student awards agency for Scotland.
Further information is available from the Student Lending team: email@example.com
Getting a receipt
You will receive an automatic confirmation email when funds are posted to your Imperial account. This email is confirmation that we have received the payment, it is not a formal receipt.
Please bear in mind that the amount in the confirmation email may be slightly less than the original amount paid, as any charges applied by the bank will be deducted before the payment reaches us.
If you need a receipt for tuition fees or accommodation payments, email the Accounts Receivable team. Please include the reason you need the receipt in the email body to ensure the team issues the correct document.
If you need a receipt as part of your visa application to confirm tuition fee payments to UKVI, the easiest and most secure way of doing this is by uploading the payment to your CAS.
Payments uploaded to your CAS will be visible in My Passport, Visa & CAS on the My Imperial student portal. Find more information about CAS payment upload times.
Late payment fees
You must pay all your fees by their due dates.
If you are late on a payment, we will charge you a late fee after the due date.
You will continue to be charged a late fee every day – at an annualised rate of 7.5% above the base rate of National Westminster Bank Plc – until your charges and late fees are paid in full. Or until you have agreed a payment plan with Credit Control.
If all outstanding amounts are paid in full within six months of the due date, we will discount the late payment charge to an annualised rate of 2% above the base rate of National Westminster Bank Plc.
If you are late on paying your fees for six months or more, we will raise the issue with your Department and the College Tutors.
In accordance with Regulation Two of the Imperial College London Academic Regulations, any student with outstanding tuition-related charges will not normally be allowed to progress to the next year of their course and may be required to withdraw from Imperial.
Download a full copy of the late payment policy (pdf).
Be aware of scams
Always use one of the official payment methods listed above when making payment to Imperial – we're aware of applicants and students being targeted in the past by offers for discounted payment for visas, tuition fees, or fee deposits.
Find out more about recent scams targeting Imperial students.