Fees, and university and college continuation charges
Fees, and university and college continuation charges for students who start on a course in 2020/21 and who continue on the same course for more than one year will usually increase annually.
In deciding the annual level of increase the University and colleges will take into account a range of factors, including rises in the costs of delivering the course, and changes in government funding. The increase will not exceed 6% each year, or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) if higher.
The fees that you will need to pay in any one academic year will usually be published before the first application deadline for the course concerned. Normally this will be by September of the previous year: for instance, most fees for 2020/21 will have been published by September 2019.
Fees for new entrants are subject to annual review, and may be higher than those for continuing students. Fees for new entrants will be published on the same timescale as for continuing students, as stated above.
The level of uplift for fees and university and college continuation charges is considered on an annual basis by a group that consists of nominees of the University and colleges and student representatives, in consultation with academic divisions and the Department for Continuing Education. Over the past 3 years, the average level of increase has been 3.7% p.a. Factors taken into account by the group have included inflationary measures such as the Retail Price Index (RPI), projected increases in university costs, changes in the level of grant from the Higher Education Funding Council, costs of provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities, admissions statistics, and access considerations including the availability of student support.
Additional course costs
The level of additional course costs for students who start on a course in 2020/21 and who continue on the same course for more than one year will usually increase annually. Increases are expected to be in line with inflation, unless there are identifiable above-inflation rises in costs directly associated with the activity. These may, for example, include costs charged by third parties.
Fees relating to examinations and related matters
(eg entry for examinations, resubmission of theses, late entry for examinations, copies of transcripts etc.)
The level of these fees and charges will usually increase annually. Increases are not normally expected to exceed 6%, or CPI if higher, but may be greater to reflect the examining and administrative costs associated with the activity. The fees applying in any one academic year will normally be published by September of the previous year: for instance, fees for 2020/21 will have been published by September 2019.