How to pay
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We have a number of ways for you to pay your University tuition, re-sit and accommodation fees including online by credit or debit card, bank transfer, cheque or Bank draft.
Payment by Card
Payments may be made by debit or credit card (e.g. Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, American Express; Imperial College does not accept Diners Club) via the Imperial College payments website.
Imperial College London’s online payments partner is used by many other universities and provides an efficient and secure service for making online payments
As part of this service, a limited amount of your personal data will be shared with our payments partner, the only personally identifiable data we share will be your name and College Identification Number (CID) and also the number and amount due of any invoices requiring payment along with a brief description of the type of those invoices, this information will be held securely by our payments partner in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
This information will only be shared whilst you are affiliated to the college as a registered student, an offer holder or have an invoice still to be paid.
A transaction receipt will be issued by our card payments system, this is not a formal receipt of payment to the College, more information on receipts may be found in the Receipts section below.
Most students making payments from overseas accounts will have the option to make payment in their local currency, more information on this service may be found on our payment portal.
Please be advised that some card providers may impose a single transaction limit on online transactions and may automatically decline large online transactions, this is especially the case for non-UK based cards as the transaction is being made to a different country.
You are advised to contact your card provider before making large payments to inform them that you will be 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.
Payment by Bank transfer
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept bank transfers from personal accounts based in the UK, payment from these accounts should be made using a debit card where possible.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you notify the College of the purpose of your payment by using the following reference string CID-Invoice Number-Student Name (e.g. 01234567-94123456-Joe Bloggs).
National Westminster Bank plc
18 Cromwell Place, London, SW7 2LB
Imperial College London
CID-Invoice Number-Student Name
Please note that you will be responsible for any transfer charges levied by your bank.
International Bank Transfer
Using our online payments platform, international students, their parents and sponsors can pay in the currency of their choice using a simple and secure method powered by our partner Western Union.
Payment methods available include:
Benefits of WU® GlobalPay for Students:
- Intuitive, mobile friendly interface for a seamless payment experience
- Pay international fees by bank transfer or online e-wallet
- Convenient payment methods including Alipay, Tenpay, UnionPay, Trustly, Sofort, etc.
- NO transaction charges from Imperial College London or Western Union Business Solutions
- Favourable exchange rates compared to most banks
- Track your payment online step-by-step
- Peace of mind that your full payment is received by Imperial College London
- Customer support service to help you at every step
Payment by Cheque or Bank draft
Cheques and bank drafts must be in Sterling drawn on a UK bank and made payable to Imperial College. Please ensure that your CID and invoice number is written on the reverse of the cheque or draft. Please note that Imperial College does not accept Travellers' Cheques.
All cheques and drafts should be sent to Accounts Receivable, Imperial College London, Level 3 Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ.
Self-funding students will receive an automatic confirmation email when funds are posted to their College account, this email serves as a confirmation of receipt of funds only and cannot be used as a formal receipt of payment. All bank charges are deducted from the payment before the funds reach the College and so the amount in the confirmation email may be slightly less than the original amount paid.
If you need a receipt for tuition fees, you may request this by email via this link: email@example.com. Please include the reason the receipt is needed in the email body as this will ensure the team issues the correct document.
Please note that the easiest and most secure way of confirming tuition fee payments to UKVI is via your CAS and not by a paper receipt. Payments uploaded to your CAS will be visible in My Passport, Visa & CAS on the student portal.
Receipts for accommodation payments cannot be issued by the Tuition Fees team; if you need a receipt for accommodation payments, please contact the Accounts Receivable Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment processing times
The time taken for a payment to reach the College and be processed against your invoice will vary depending on your method of payment. The below table may be used as an indicative guide however, certain payments, especially bank transfers from overseas accounts, may take longer to reach the College than indicated below.
Guideline payment processing times
|Payment method||Approximate processing time|
|Online||1 working day|
|Bank Transfer||6 working days|
|Cheque or Bank Draft||4 working days after receipt of cheque/draft|
|Debit/Credit Card by Phone||1 working day|
|Debit/Credit Card at Student Hub||1 working day|
Please note, working days in the UK are Monday to Friday 0900–1700 hrs excluding bank and public holidays. Payments will not be processed against invoices during College closure periods.
Any tuition fees not paid by the due date shall attract late payment charges at an annualised rate of 7.5% above the base rate of the National Westminster Bank Plc.
Late payment charges shall accrue daily on all overdue tuition fee balances until such time as those balances are paid in full or subject to a payment plan agreed with Credit Control.
If all outstanding amounts are paid in full within six months of the due date, the late payment charges shall be discounted to an annualised rate of 2% above the base rate of the National Westminster Bank Plc.
If a student's account is in arrears for a period of six months or more, the matter will be raised with the student's 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 programme and may be required to withdraw from the College.
Download a full copy of the late payment policy (pdf).