Tuition fee deposits for international postgraduate taught students

Find out about tuition fee deposits for postgraduate taught courses.

Will I need to pay a deposit?

You may need to pay a tuition fee deposit of £2,000.

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You will usually need to pay a tuition fee deposit if you:

  • Have applied for a taught postgraduate course (MA, MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert or MRes) and
  • Require a Student Visa (formerly the Tier 4 Visa) to study in the UK.


You will not be required to pay a deposit if you are:

  • An international applicant who does not require a Student Visa
  • An applicant progressing from a University of York International Pathway College Foundation or Pre-Masters course
  • An applicant progressing from a University of York International Pathway College English language pre-sessional programme
  • An applicant for a visiting student programme
  • An applicant for a distance learning or online programme
  • An applicant for a higher or degree apprenticeship programme
  • An applicant for MA Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA) programme
  • An applicant for MA Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) programme
  • An applicant for York-Maastricht programmes, PGCE programmes, MA in Social Work and programmes where the application is made through UCAS or the Department for Education (DfE)
  • An applicant for a Hull York Medical School programme

If you are receiving funding for your studies, you may not need to pay a deposit if you:

  • Can provide evidence that your tuition fees are fully or partly funded by a third-party sponsor for example, a government agency, employer or charity or university (not family or friends)
  • Can provide evidence that you are on a recognised scholarship programme that will cover some or all of your tuition fee
  • Will be receiving a US Direct loan or Sallie Mae loan, equal or greater in value to the deposit you are required to pay.

If this applies to you, you’ll need to submit evidence of your funding as soon as possible via the Deposit Exemption document slot.

We aim to send you our decision by email within 10 working days.

When do I pay?

Deposit payments may be made at any time after accepting a conditional offer.

Please make sure your payment is made in good time to ensure the amount has cleared by the deposit deadline. If you’re unsure how long your payment will take to clear please contact your bank. The deadline for 2023 entry is not yet confirmed. 

Your CAS will not be issued until you have met all conditions of your offer.

Paying the deposit before you have met all conditions of your offer will not prioritise your application in any way nor will it guarantee that you will meet all your conditions and progress to the University of York.

Requesting your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

We will be in touch as soon as CAS requests are available. This is usually up to six months before your course start date.

How do I pay?

The deposit payment can be made online through the ‘Your Student visa’ section in You@York as part of the CAS request form. You will have a choice of payment methods, including by debit or credit card or bank transfer. Find out more information about payment options.

Transfers to other courses

If you transfer to another course, we'll apply your deposit towards your new course fee.


If you defer to the next academic year, we'll hold your deposit and apply it to your tuition fees when you enrol at York unless you specifically request a deposit refund.

Refunds for conditional offer holders

If your offer is still conditional, you can request a deposit refund for any reason providing you agree to your application being withdrawn. We will automatically refund your deposit in the following scenarios:

  • If, on receipt of your final academic award, we reject your application.
  • You do not meet your English language condition before the latest start date for your course.
  • You do not meet the conditions of the offer before the latest start date for your course.
  • Or if you ask us to withdraw your offer as you do not believe you will meet all conditions of your offer.

Exceptional refunds for unconditional offer holders

If your offer is unconditional, the deposit is non-refundable except in these exceptional circumstances:

  • If your visa application has been refused or rejected by UKVI for any reason other than for a fraudulent application. A copy of the visa refusal notice must be provided (inability to obtain a visa in time to join the University will not be accepted as grounds for a refund)
  • If your Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance is refused or rejected. A copy of the ATAS refusal notice must be provided. Inability to obtain ATAS clearance in time to join the University will not be accepted as grounds for refund
  • If you request a refund within 10 working days of the payment being received by the University
  • If you withdraw your application following notification from the University that the course is cancelled, suspended or subject to significant changes between the application being submitted, the offer of admissions, and enrolment
  • In exceptional circumstances and on receipt of verifiable documentary evidence that you are unable to commence your studies and choose not to defer your offer. Such exceptional circumstances might include, but are not limited to, serious illness or international restrictions on travel, including travel disruption as a result of COVID-19.

Making a request

You can make a refund request by emailing with the subject ‘Deposit refund request’. Please include your applicant ID, your reason for a refund and any evidence. We will aim to communicate a decision within 10 working days of receiving a request.

If the request is approved, we will withdraw your offer and any issued CAS, and notify the UKVI.

Approved refunds will be made to the same person or third party as the original payment transaction. If the payment cannot be made to the original credit/debit card or bank account then we'll contact you by email for alternative payment details. Refunds will be made in Pound sterling (GBP). If this requires a foreign currency conversion this may be subject to exchange rate differences, which shall be at the risk of the applicant or third party payer. We will aim to process refund payments within 28 working days of approval.

Tuition fee deposit policy

Read our tuition fee deposit policies for postgraduate taught courses:

Appeals and complaints

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