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Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2012/13

  Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2007/08

Section Contents
Tuition Fees at a Glance
Tuition Fee Payment Options
Part-Time Students
European Union (EU) & Other Students
Tuition Fee Liability for Student Withdrawals
Additional Information

Full-time Undergraduate Tuition Fees at a Glance

Students who normally live in Northern Ireland, will be charged tuition fees of £3,465 for full time undergraduate programmes.

Students who normally live in England, Scotland and Wales (GB Students), will be charged tuition fees of £9,000 for full time undergraduate programmes.

GB Students who applied, in the 2010-11 admissions cycle, for deferred entry commencing in September 2012 and who are holding confirmed places on this basis, will be charged fees equivalent to those applicable to students from Northern Ireland for the duration of their course.

Students who normally live in the Republic of Ireland or other non-UK EU countries, will be charged tuition fees of £3,465 for full time undergraduate programmes.

A fee of £680 will be charged for sandwich-year placements.

Students will be required to complete the University's enrolment and registration process at the start of the academic year. This process will be undertaken via the enrolment and registration wizard.

Students whose personal contribution is £250 or less, will be required to pay in full on enrolment.

Please refer to the finance framework for further information on how tuition fees are calculated.

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Tuition Fee Payment Options

The payment arrangements at enrolment and registration represent a significant change from previous years and are intended to streamline the enrolment and registration process. Students should ensure that they have made the necessary payment arrangements in advance of enrolment and registration.

Students whose personal contribution is £250 or less, will be required to pay in full on enrolment

The table below provides a summary of the payment options available to Undergraduate students, with the exception of International (non-EU) Undergraduate students.

Options Notes
Apply for a tuition fee loan to the SLC (Defer Fees) Students can apply to SLC for a tuition fee loan, up to their maximum tuition fee liability.
Pay tuition fees in full at enrolment Tuition fees can be paid by cheque, credit/debit card or bank transfer.
Direct Debit Minimum of 25% payment at enrolment, followed by 3 further bi- monthly payments (November, January and March)
Combination SLC/Sponsor/Balance Payable in full at enrolment
Sponsor Evidence of sponsorship or scholarship from a government or other
official organisation, must be provided at enrolment


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Further Notes

Applying for a Tuition Fee Loan from the SLC

When a full-time student has applied for a university course he/she can apply to his/her local Education and Library Board (ELB) or Education Authority for a tuition fee loan and/or maintanence loan. A single application form is used for applying for a tuition fee loan, maintanence loan and Government maintenance grants. Students first registering in 2012/13 should complete a PN1 form ( this includes students studying on a PGCE course and a number of specifically designated PGT courses) Returning students who registered prior to 2012/13, should complete a PR1 form.

A student does not need to wait until a firm offer of a university place has have received. Application forms are available from March 2012. A student can contact his/her local ELB (Student Awards), or Education Authority, if residing outside Northern Ireland, and ask for an application form. The student award contact numbers for each ELB are:

Belfast Education and Library Board 028 9056 4000
South Eastern Education and Library Board 028 9056 6200
North Eastern Education and Library Board 028 2565 3333
Western Education and Library Board 028 8241 1411
Southern Education and Library Board 028 3751 2200

Students from Northern Ireland can also apply online for a fee loan via the Student Finance Northern Ireland website.

Student Finance ni (opens in a new window) 

Students from England can apply via Student Finance England.

Students from Wales can apply via Student Finance Wales.

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Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

A student can apply for a loan to pay their fees if they are studying at a UK institution outside Scotland and started their course in 2006/07 or later and meet SAAS residency eligibility conditions. The residence eligibility conditions are complicated. If a student is in any doubt about their residence status, they should contact SAAS for advice.

The student will receive a financial notification letter which should be passed to the University in order to successfully complete their enrolment.

SAAS Tuition Fee payments will be made directly to the University on the student’s behalf.
A student may not be entitled to apply for a student loan to pay their tuition fees if they are repeating any period of study or have done a course of higher education before.

A student should normally apply as soon as possible and not wait for exam results or a firm offer. A student can apply for their fee loan along with their main support. Respective closing dates apply.

For further up-to-date information and frequently asked questions regarding SAAS and the application process and closing dates, please visit

The ELB or Education Authority will send the student a Support Notification which will include details of the amount of fee loan the student has requested. Please retain this for your own records

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European Union (EU) Students (non-UK)

Non-United Kingdom EU students will pay the same fees as NI-resident students and they will also be able to defer payment.  However, such students will not  be entitled to Queen’s University bursaries, government grants or loans for living costs.  If applying through UCAS, an application form will be sent at the time an offer is made. If not applying through UCAS, an application form can be obtained, together with further details about the support available, from the Student Loans Company EU Team: EuropeanTeam, Podium Room 38, Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington,DL3 9BG, United Kingdom, Tel: 014 1243 3570, Email:

Social Work Students

A special financial incentive scheme is available for Social Work students. Further information is available from the student's local ELB or Education Authority, or by refering to the website

Second Degree

If a student is undertaking a second primary degree, he/she should contact his/her local ELB or Education Authority for information on fee liability and financial support.

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Pay Tuition Fees in Full at Enrolment by Credit/Debit Card, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Pay by Credit/Debit Card

Payment can be made online via the registration wizard or through 'self-service' on the student's Qsis account, or by phoning the Fees Helpline on 02890972767.

It should be noted that debit/credit card payments made on-line will be processed to student accounts immediately at the point of payment.

Debit/credit card payments made in person or by telephone may take up to one working day to be processed to student accounts. During the period of enrolment and registration, this may take longer.

The University accepts payment via:

  • Visa Debit/Credit
  • MasterCard
  • Maestro

The University does not accept payment via:

  • American Express
  • Solo
  • Laser

Pay by Cheque

Cheques should be made payable to 'Queen's University Belfast' quoting the Student number on the back, and posted to the following address; 

Income and Student Finance
Student Guidance Centre
Queen's University Belfast
University Road

Cheques or bank drafts must be drawn in pounds sterling and the University will not accept post-dated cheques.

Pay by Bank Transfer

To pay by bank transfer, the payment must quote the student's number, and be made payable to the bank account below: 

Bank Address : Ulster Bank Limited
91/93 University Road
Sort Code: 98-01-55
Account Number: 30090175
Account Name The Queen's University of Belfast Tuition Fee Account

For payments that originate outside the United Kingdom, but within the European Union, the following IBAN number should be quoted.

IBAN GB52 ULSB 9801 5530 0901 75

It is essential that the bank processing the transfer quotes the name of the student and his/her student number (also known as EmplId) on the transaction. If this information is not included, it may result in a delay in processing the payment to the student’s account.

Students who wish to use this method of payment should complete and return the ‘Notification of Bank Transfer Payment’ form (Appendix 1), as soon as possible after the transaction has been completed at their bank, and forward it to the Income and Student Finance Office. The information on the form will assist the Income and Student Finance Office in identifying the payment. Students should retain a copy of the transfer documentation, for future reference. 

Pay by Cash

Cash cannot be accepted at the University enrolment sites, and only up to a maximum of £300 at the Income and Student Finance Office.

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Pay Tuition Fees by Direct Debit

Signing up to direct debit (DD) - This will require a minimum payment of 25% of the full tuition fee to be made at enrolment, followed by 3 consecutive monthly payments, November, December and January.

In order to be eligible to sign up to the Direct Debit Scheme, a minimum payment of 25% must be made, either by credit/debit card, cheque,or bank transfer. If paying by cheque or bank transfer, the payment needs to be received, and processed no later than 12th October 2012. Please note, that it may take several working days for a cheque or bank transfer to be processed to a student's account.

The person whose bank account the direct debits are to be paid from must complete a Direct Debit Mandate form and return this to the Income and Student Finance Office for receipt, no later than 12th October 2012. A new form needs to be completed for each academic year.

Initial payments and mandates received after 12th October 2012 will not be eligible to avail of the Direct Debit Plan, and the student's tuition fees will be due immediately.

Direct debit payments will be collected on the last working day of each month, or within 4 working days, from November 2012 to January 2013.

The direct debit facility is only available to those students who have a UK Current Bank Account (Not a Savings Account) which is recognised by the Direct Debit Scheme.

The direct debit mandate form can be downloaded via the following link: Direct Debit Mandate

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If a student decides to pay part, but not all of his/her fees while studying, he/she can do so by applying for a tuition fee loan for part of the fees, and paying the rest directly to the University, by the methods outlined above.

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Students sponsored by any grant-awarding body or official organisation must provide a letter of commitment from their sponsor.

The letter must be on official letter-headed paper and provide the following details: 

Student name for which sponsoring
Contact Name
Address to which invoices should be sent by the University
Telephone Number
Email Address
Amount of Sponsorship
Duration of Sponsorship

Letters can be presented to the Income and Student Finance Office in person, by fax or by email please see below for details.

A sponsor letter must be provided for each academic year.

Should a sponsor fail to pay tuition fees, liability for payment of the tuition fees will revert to the student

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Students undertaking Part-time Degree Courses.

This section refers to Students who commence study on a part-time program, rather than revert to part-time, having commenced originally on a full-time program.

Part-time students are not eligible to apply for tuition fee loans, with the exception of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students and those who change from full-time to part-time study, temporarily. The latter category should contact their local Education and Library Board to check if they are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan.

The part-time modular fee is £230, for 2012/13, based on a standard CATS point module.

CATS is an acronym for the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. This is a system which gives credit for each individual course unit that is completed successfully.

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Tuition Fee Liability for Student Withdrawals

The University policy on tuition fee liability, for all students commencing a degree course in September, is as follows:

  • For Students withdrawing before 1 January 2013, 25% of tuition fees charged are non refundable.
  • For Students withdrawing after 1 January 2013, 50% of tuition fees charged are non-refundable.
  • Students withdrawing from 01 April 2013 must pay the full tuition fee for the year.

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 Additional Information 

Fees Helpline Any queries on tuition fees contact the Fees Helpline (Income Office) on 028 9097 2767.
Student Support Any queries on student support should be addressed to the appropriate ELB on the contact details above.
Financial Advise

For advice on applying for tuition fee and other student loans and student support, contact the Financial Advisor in the Students' Union. Phone 028 9097 1049.


Fax +44 (0)28 9097 2856

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