Information for offer-holders who have been asked to pay a tuition fee deposit

As an International applicant who has accepted a place on a taught postgraduate course, we have asked you to pay a deposit towards your course tuition fee.

To ensure that we offer you the best possible experience as a Sheffield student, we set a maximum limit on the number of students on each course. Places on courses at the University of Sheffield are competitive and we receive many more applications than there are places available. By paying a tuition fee deposit you will indicate that you definitely intend to take up your place.

The tuition fee deposit should be paid by the deadline indicated in your offer letter, or in the email we have sent you.

Please note that we will not arrange the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number necessary for a UK study visa until you have paid your fee deposit. You can find more information about the CAS number application process on our CAS number application webpages.

As soon as we have processed your tuition fee deposit we will send you email notification of your payment. Your tuition fee deposit will then be automatically deducted from your course tuition fee when you come to Sheffield to register.


  • If you are sponsored by a body recognised by the University (for example your national government or your employers), you may not need to pay a deposit
  • If you are waiting to hear about the outcome of a funding application, you may be able to postpone your payment deadline


We will only be able to refund your tuition fee deposit if you are unable to start your course for one of the following reasons:

  • You request a refund within 14 days of the payment being received in the University of Sheffield bank account (in accordance with UK distance selling regulations)
  • Your UK study visa application is refused or rejected (proof will be required)
  • For applicants holding a Conditional offer, if you attempt but fail to meet the conditions of your offer (proof will be required)
  • For applicants to courses requiring ATAS clearance, if your application for ATAS clearance is refused or rejected

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about exemptions, refunds and other fee deposit matters.

Frequently asked questions

Pay your tuition fee deposit via our online payment system

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