Tuition fee refunds

If you withdraw from the University before the end of your programme, you may be entitled to a refund on your tuition fees.

When you can apply for a refund

Either you or your sponsor (parent/guardian) can make a claim for a refund, once your school, department or faculty office has been notified in writing about your withdrawal.

Refunds for undergraduates

You are entitled to a full refund if you make a claim within the first two weeks of the start of your programme. Any claim after that will be based on which term you are in:

  • Term 1 runs up to the Christmas vacation;
  • Term 2 runs from the Christmas vacation to the Easter vacation;
  • Term 3 runs from the Easter vacation to the summer vacation.

This applies to all undergraduates, including if you have applied for a Student Finance tuition fee loan.

Refunds for postgraduates

Refunds for postgraduate taught and research students are calculated on a monthly basis based on the fee-paying year (1 October to 30 September). If the start of term falls in September, you will not be charged for an additional month's fees.

You will be entitled to a full refund if a claim is made within the first two weeks of the start of the programme, unless you have outstanding University debts. If you withdraw midway through a month, you will be charged for the whole month's fees. Please refer to the tuition fee refund policy below for more information.

Refunds for students sponsored by research councils are based on the relevant research council rules.

Refund payments

Refunds will be made to the fee payer in all instances. Refunds will be made based on amounts received for the programme. For illustrative purposes in the policy below, refund calculations assume full fees have been paid at the time any refund claim is made.

Tuition fee refund policy

Our tuition fee refund policy is in line with standard practice across the higher education sector and with Student Loan Company funding. It ensures that withdrawing students are not charged tuition fees in excess of the tuition fee loan available to them. The policy took effect from September 2019. 

Fee enquiries, payments and refunds

student-fees@bristol.ac.uk
+44 (0)117 954 6372 (answer phone only)

Overdue payments

finance-creditcontrol@bristol.ac.uk
+44 (0)117 331 7721 (answer phone only)

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