Below are answers to some common questions you may have about your tuition fees.

Tuition fees FAQs

How much are the tuition fees for my course?

The rate of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess once we have received your application and is based on UK Government legislation. Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

The rate of tuition fees for our Master's and research programmes vary according to what subject you're studying.

Find out more about Imperial's tuition fees, and the rate for individual programmes, on our Tuition fees website.

How do I pay my tuition fees?

If you are paying your tuition fees yourself or they are being paid by a sponsor it is your responsibility to make sure that your fees are paid on time as there may be penalties for late payment.

Invoices and payment

You will normally receive an invoice within five working days of completing the final condition of your academic offer. Invoices are issued via email from so please check the email address(es) you provided during your application regularly, and that your junk mail filter will allow this email address to get through.

Tuition fees are payable each year on the first day of the month closest to one month prior to the programme starting, or within 30 days of invoicing, depending on when the invoice is sent (check the invoice itself for details).

As the start dates of research programmes can vary, for the purposes of paying fees they are considered to start on 1 October irrespective of the actual start date. The only exception is for programmes which start between 1 September and 14 September. In that case, the session is deemed to start on 1 September.

You can make any number of payments before the due date as specified on your invoice. If you believe you will not be able to make payment until after the due date please email our Credit Control team. 

Any deposit payment will be deducted from the total payable.

Find out more about payments, including the process for paying in instalments, on the Student Finance website.

There will be information about how to pay your fees included with the invoice; you can also find details on our How to pay page.


If you have any questions about paying your tuition fees then please email the Student Fees team or call +44 (0)20 7594 8011.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

All applicants for MRes or taught postgraduate programmes who are offered a place to study at Imperial are required to pay a deposit towards the cost of their course fees before their place can be confirmed.

The only exception to this is for applicants that have full sponsorship already confirmed and accepted by the College, or those who have applied for a US Federal Loan.

The amount of deposit paid (minus any bank charges or exchange losses) will automatically be deducted from your full tuition fee invoice. Please check your invoice email for the amount that you need to pay.

For more information about course deposits, including deposit values and answers to common questions, please see the Student Finance website.

What's the payment process if a sponsor is paying my tuition fees?

You will considered liable for your fees until the sponsorship award has been formally confirmed by your sponsoring organisation and accepted by the College.

The College has rules about what it considers acceptable sponsorship.

If you have declared that you are fully sponsored you will not be able to enrol at the College until proof of sponsorship has been accepted by the College.

If you have applied for sponsorship but this award has not yet been confirmed you should state that you are self-funding until it is confirmed.

Students who are partially sponsored should state that they are self-funding when accepting their offer.

For more information about payment of fees by a sponsor, including how to provide evidence of a sponsorship agreement, please see the Student Finance website.

I have a question about CAS.

This page provides a brief guide to using a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Imperial College London to prove tuition fees payments made to the College to the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration section of the Home Office.

If you have any queries, please contact

Questions about tuition fees

Where can I find Imperial's payment terms?

See the Student Finance website for our full payment terms, as well as specific information for postgraduate students.

Who should I contact about a tuition fee payment I've made?

If you have a question about payments already made to the College please get in touch with the Accounts Receivable Office:
020 7594 8858

How will the EU Referendum affect EU students?

Please see the College's dedicated EU Referendum webpage for the most up-to-date information.