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Fees & charges guidelines 2012/13 for print

For questions regarding tuition fees or these guidelines email Student Finance or call on +44 (0)1225 383045

Fees & charges guidelines 2012/13

These guidelines apply to all students paying tuition fees to the University of Bath. They apply to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students and to visiting students.

Tuition fee rates

Tuition fee rates are published on the Student Finance Office and Study website each year. Tuition fees are an annual charge (subject to inflationary increase) to cover the cost of:

  • your academic tuition including teaching
  • access to core learning and IT facilities
  • library and laboratory access
  • most assessment and examination fees
  • most services for students e.g. access to Student Services Advisers, Careers Advisers.

How much you pay depends on whether you are UG or PG, full or part-time and on your tuition fee status.

  • Home,
  • EU and
  • Island
  • Overseas.

Home, EU and Island students pay fees at a lower rate than Overseas students as the University receives some additional funding to support teaching from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Additional information about how fee status is determined can be found on the Study website.

Different fee rates, for UG students, are also applicable depending on when you began your programme of study. For Home and EU students this is determined by Government legislation. For further information on how much you are liable to pay go to the Tuition fees section selecting the relevant year.

Regulations

All registered students of the University are subject to rules and regulations. There are specific regulations that relate to the payment of tuition and other University fees these can be found on the Regulations website.

Placements

A reduced tuition fee is normally payable during any placement period. Placements for UG students can be either full year (thick sandwich) or part year over two academic years (thin sandwich). Placements can be undertaken either in the UK or overseas and can either be work based or study based at another Higher Education Institution.

Tuition fees for students undertaking “thin” sandwich placements will be pro-rata over the years of placement to reflect the periods of study at the University and time spent on placement. For full details of placement fee levels go to the Tuition fees section selecting the relevant year.

Postgraduate overseas students on field-work abroad

In cases where PG students liable for fees at the ‘overseas’ rate spend a minimum of six consecutive months engaged in field-work abroad, the fee for such a period shall be 50% of the appropriate full-time rate. The standard full-time fee will apply to any remaining part of the academic year.

Visiting students

Visiting students will normally pay a pro-rata amount of tuition fees based on the length of attendance at the University. For UG students this is calculated weekly based on a 30 week academic year. For PG students this is calculated weekly based on a 52 week academic year.

Mid-year starters

PG research students who begin their programme of study at a point other than the start of the academic year will be charged a pro-rata fee during their first year. The fee amount is calculated in weeks based on a 52 week year from the point of entry to the end of the academic year (normally 30th of September). For all subsequent years of study normal payment terms will apply.

Fee loans

 If you are a Home/EU UG student and you have not already undertaken previous study at higher education level or its equivalent, you are likely to be entitled to a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of your tuition fee. This means that you will not have to pay tuition fees up-front. It will be paid to the University on your behalf by the Student Loans Company (SLC). PGCE students can also apply for the same Government funding package as UG students. Please see the Student Finance England website for further information about Government support for Home/EU Undergraduates and PGCE students.

The University receives payment of your tuition fee loan in three instalments based on set attendance points throughout the academic year. The University will only receive the proportion of tuition fees shown below if you are in attendance on the relevant date. The 2012/13 attendance points are as follows (dates may change slightly in each academic year depending when Christmas and Easter fall).

Attendance points Percentage of tuition fee received
1 October 2012 25%
7 January 2013 25%
8 April 2013 50%

Training support fees

The University receives payment of your tuition fee loan in three instalments based on set attendance points throughout the academic year. The University will only receive the proportion of tuition fees shown below if you are in attendance on the relevant date. The 2012/13 attendance points are as follows (dates may change slightly in each academic year depending when Christmas and Easter fall).

Payment terms

All tuition fees are payable in full, for the academic year to which they relate, on registration. The University does allow students to make payment of tuition fees in a maximum of two instalments. Various payment methods are available including:

  • Direct Debit
  • Debit card
  • Credit cards
  • Cheques/Drafts
  • Bank transfer/International bank transfer.

Not all payment methods are available in instalments. The University reserves the right to refuse the concession of paying in instalments to students with a history of late payments. Please see the Student Finance office website for more information.

Individual students are ultimately personally liable for tuition fees unpaid by sponsors (including Local Education Authorities and Research Councils). The University does not offer payment in instalments to sponsors; all fees must be paid in full on receipt of invoice.

Additional course costs

There may be additional costs associated with your particular programme of study e.g. fieldwork, textbooks, placement travel. Your department is responsible for providing information about these and you should check their web-pages in the first instance.

Additional charges

Tuition fees do not include unlimited free printing and you will be responsible for paying any Library late fees or fines separately. You may also be charged for any examination re-sits you are required to undertake.

Accommodation

Separate fees are payable for any University accommodation you secure. The University manages your tuition fee and accommodation accounts separately. Please see Accommodation website for more information.

Course/study refund policy

Slc funded undergraduate and PGCE students

If you suspend or withdraw from your programme of study you will be charged tuition fees based on your attendance at set points throughout the academic year. The attendance points are as follows:

Attendance points Percentage of tuition fee received
1 October 2012 25%
7 January 2013 25%
8 April 2013 50%

If you are in attendance on each of the set points you will be charged the relevant proportion of tuition fee. The exception to this rule is if you withdraw from your programme of study before the end of week one in your first year of study no tuition fees will be charged. No tuition fees are charged during periods of suspense.

Undergraduate students who agree special arrangements for study will be charged a pro-rata amount based on the number of credits being taken. Please see the Student Funding Advice website for further information about suspending or withdrawing from study.

Self-funding undergraduate and PGCE students

If you suspend or withdraw from your programme of study you will be charged a pro-rata amount of tuition fees on a weekly basis for the duration of your attendance during the academic year. This is based on 30 week academic year. The exception to this rule is if you withdraw from your programme of study before the end of week one in your first year of study no tuition fees will be charged.

Any excess of tuition fees paid will be returned. All refunds are returned in the manner in which they were originally paid. No tuition fees are charged during periods of suspense.

Undergraduate students who agree special arrangements for study will be charged a pro-rata amount based on the number of credits being taken. Please see the Student Funding Advice website for further information about suspending or withdrawing from study.

Postgraduate taught students

If you suspend or withdraw from your programme of study you will be charged a pro-rata amount of tuition fees on a weekly basis for the duration of your attendance during the academic year. This is based on 52 week academic year.

Any excess of tuition fees paid will be returned. All refunds are returned in the manner in which they were originally paid. No tuition fees are charged during periods of suspense.

Changes to mode of study e.g. full to part time will also be charged on a pro rata weekly basis for the duration of time spent studying in each mode.

Postgraduate research student

If you suspend or withdraw from your programme of study you will be charged a pro-rata amount of tuition fees on a weekly basis for the duration of your attendance during the academic year. This is based on 52 week academic year.

Any excess of tuition fees paid will be returned. All refunds are returned in the manner in which they were originally paid. No tuition fees are charged during periods of suspense.

Changes to mode of study e.g.. full/part time to writing up will also be charged on a pro rata weekly basis for the duration of time spent studying in each mode.

University funding

In certain circumstances, the University may pay all or part of the tuition fee on your behalf. Full details, guidelines and terms and conditions for UG fee waivers are available on the Undergraduate Funding webpage.

If you are a postgraduate and you are made an offer which includes a scholarship to cover some or all of your tuition fees, please make sure that you understand the details specified in your offer letter and any subsequent written correspondence from the University.

Alumni

If you have graduated with a full degree from a previous and separate programme at the University of Bath you may be eligible for a discount of 10% on any part of your postgraduate tuition fee for which you are personally responsible. This discount only applies if you are not receiving any sponsorship, scholarships or bursaries which cover the full cost of the fees and/or you are not receiving any state funding in the form of loans or grants which cover the full cost of the fees. For full details and terms and conditions see the Postgraduate fees webpage.

Should you have any queries or require further information regarding payment of Tuition Fees and/or these guidelines please contact the Student Finance Office.

Tel: +44 (0)1225 383045  Wessex House 3.44