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Paying your Tuition Fees - Distance Learning

Once you have enrolled onto your course you will need to pay your tuition fees. If you are unsure of how much your fees will cost have a look at our Fees page

Most students will fall into one of the following payment categories:



You can pay your tuition fees in a number of convenient ways including online and via a dedicated payment line.

If the University’s Finance department need to get in touch with you, they will contact you via your University email address. Set-up your student email on your mobile so that you will never miss an important message.



Self-financed Students pay their own tuition fees with or without the help of a loan from Student Finance England. Post-graduate tuition fee loans are paid directly to you and not to the University.

For the majority of distance learning programmes, before the start of each module, you will be made aware of payment deadlines.  However, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure you pay on time before the commencement of each module.  If you fail to make a payment, you will not gain access to the module.   Please contact the Student Success Team for further information. 



You will be classed as a ‘Sponsored Student’ if your Employer, your Government, or your Institution, commit to paying your fees.  The University will only know that you are a sponsored student if you inform us of this fact, and details must be provided before your studies commence.

We require an official letter from your Sponsor detailing the terms of their sponsorship. The letter must be on headed note paper and must contain the following information:

  1. Your Student number* and full Name
  2. The amount or the percentage of the sponsorship
  3. The Academic Year / Years, the sponsorship applies
  4. Relevant Contact person and their e-mail address in the Company
  5. Purchase Order number must be quoted by your company in order for us to validate the sponsor letter.

If no purchase order is required confirmation via email will be required.

  1. Any other Reference, that the sponsor would like to be quoted by the university when we request for payment
  2. A VAT Registration Number if the company has one, if not, this must be stated in the letter

*Your Student Number is an 8-digit number. If you are studying at Northumbria for the first time in the academic year 2019/20 your student number will begin 19 (eg.19001234). Your student number, preceded by the letter ‘W’ is your computer login ID (eg.W19001234).

Once your sponsor has produced the ‘Sponsor letter’, they can email it directly to  Alternatively, you can forward it to the same address.

In the unfortunate event of a sponsor defaulting on payment, the University will pass the debt on to you and it will be your responsibility to pay the fees. The University’s Finance Department will advise you that the liability has been passed on to you, and we will send an invoice to your University e-mail address.

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