You can get your tuition fees and other costs covered by a sponsor. This would usually be an employer, government body, charity or non-governmental organisation (NGO), not a relative who's paying your costs (unless they are paying through their business).
You'll only be classified as a sponsored student if the organisation sponsoring you pays fees directly to the University – if you're receiving direct payment, you're still classed as a self-paying student. As an international sponsored student, you're not eligible for any other tuition fee discounts.
How to apply for sponsorship
You aren't able to apply directly to us for sponsorship - instead, you'll need to arrange this with your sponsor first. For example, if the company you work for is willing to sponsor your studies, you'll need to make arrangements with them first, and your sponsor must then let us know that they're planning to pay your fees.
The best way for them to do this is to fill in an External Company Sponsorship (RE2) Form. They need to complete this in full, sign it and send it to us.
Your sponsor can use a digital signature, or print the form out and sign it. They should email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to:
Department of Student and Academic Administration
Student Administration Services Team
Alternatively, your sponsor may want to send a standard confirmation letter, or an embassy's Financial Guarantee instead of our standard form. This is OK, but it must be on official headed paper and signed by the sponsor.
You can ask your sponsor to use our template letter to use directly, or copy details from this to their standard letter. See below for the template they should use:
What do I need to tell my sponsor?
There are a few things that your sponsor will need to be aware of.
Firstly, they should know that they must send an External Company Sponsorship (RE2) Form or official Letter of Sponsorship for each academic session you complete. This generally means they'll need to send this for each year of your course.
Secondly, they must pay your tuition fees in full with 30 days of the date on the invoice we will send them.
To avoid any delays in payment, they must ensure the External Company Sponsorship (RE2) Form or official Letter of Sponsorship includes the following:
- Your full name
- The course you'll be studying
- The amount the sponsor wants to contribute (specified in £GBP)
- The purchase order number
- The email address of your Accounts Payable Department – this is where the invoice will be sent
- If they cannot provide an Accounts Payable email address, we must have the sponsor's full address, including postcode or zip code – this is where the invoice is to be sent instead
- The academic session the letter covers – for example, if your course takes place within the period of 1 August 2018–31 July 2019, this would be 2018/19
- A contact email address of the person signing the letter or form, and the name of the sponsoring company or government body
If the form or letter is incomplete or doesn't contain enough information, we won't be able to accept it and you'll need to pay the full tuition fee amount.
If your sponsor can't pay invoices without a purchase order number, they shouldn't submit the External Company Sponsorship (RE2) Form or official Letter of Sponsorship. Your progress could be interrupted or facilities withdrawn if our invoice is returned unpaid and the PO number has not been quoted.
If your sponsor doesn't have a purchase order or reference number, they should use the signatory's full name instead. We'll use this as a reference so the finance department of the company or government body can match the invoice up when they receive it.
Your sponsor can choose to pay for more than one year's course fee at the start of your programme of study, allowing them to pay a fixed entry fee for all of your course. They can see terms and conditions and application details of this policy here: International Fixed Entry Fee Agreement.
What if I leave my course?
The External Company Sponsorship (RE2) Form or official Letter of Sponsorship confirms your sponsor’s contractual obligation to pay fees for you for the period stated, even if you withdraw from your course or you leave your employment.
We recommend that your sponsor forms their own agreement with you to cover your obligation to them if you decide to leave the course or your employment.