Payment options

Bank transfer

Bank transfer from a UK bank account

Payments can be made at any bank to the following account:

Lloyds Bank
27 High Street

Sort code: 30 92 16
Account number: 01182625
Account name: University of Essex

IBAN GB02 LOYD 3092 1601 1826 25
Swift LOYDGB21115

Please quote your PRID/customer reference number on all transactions.

International bank transfer from a non-UK bank

To obtain an immediate quote to make an international bank transfer, please see our information on Global Pay for Students.

University of Essex’s international bank transfer platform is provided by our partner Convera.

The bank transfer and international online payment service allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to make a payment.

You must only pay the amount shown on your invoice into this account. If you pay too much and then need a refund, a 1% handling fee will be deducted.

In person

Our Colchester and Southend income desks based in the Student Services Hub are open daily. Please note we do not accept any cash or cheque payments.

UK students receiving a student loan


If you're a undergraduate then you may be eligible for a UK government tuition fee loan. The Student Loans Company (SLC) will pay your fees directly to us, so you don't have to pay us yourself. It's still important for you to read our fee payment terms and policies below. You also need to remember to re-apply for your loan each year.


If you have a confirmed postgraduate loan from the Student Loans Company, you can make instalment payments, in line with the postgraduate loan release dates.

In order to have your postgraduate loan officially confirmed by the University via the SLC's online system, you must have returned your signed declaration to the SLC.

If your loan has not been officially confirmed to the University by the start of term you will be required to pay the initial instalment online during the pre-registration process or in person at registration.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Apprentices do not pay any tuition fees as these are covered by their employer, as well as earning a salary. However, due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded, apprentices are not eligible for student finance via Student Finance England – this includes both tuition fee loans and maintenance loans. Living costs, including housing, travel, and materials will need to be covered by the apprentice themselves.

Tuition fee deposits for international students

International students who have applied for:

  • undergraduate and foundation degree courses applied for via the University's online direct admission system
  • postgraduate taught courses
  • research degrees
  • pre-sessional English Language courses delivered by University of Essex International College

must pay a tuition fee deposit before being issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies for a Student Visa.

Please note:

We cannot accept payment from the following countries:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Crimea Region (Ukraine)
  • Syrian Arab Republic

Paying early

New students

  • If you've received your Essex PRID number, you can pay online.
  • If you don't yet have your PRID, you can pay by bank transfer, quoting your UCAS number (undergraduate students) or PG number (postgraduate students).

The amount you need to pay will be in your offer letter.

Continuing students

General fees information

Notification of tuition fees due

You can obtain a notification of tuition fees due by logging on to your MyEssex account.

Choose the ‘Notification of tuition fees due’ option under the ‘Your personal details’ heading.

If there is no document shown it means your records for the next academic year have not been fully set up yet.

Your official tuition fee invoice will be generated and emailed to you as part of the online registration process.

When to pay your fees

You need to pay a minimum of the first instalment of your tuition fees to enable you to register at the start of your course.

For students registering from 2022-23 onwards, details of the fees you need to pay will be confirmed as part of online registration. You can either pay the whole fee for the year in one go, or pay by termly instalments. The first instalment for the term 1 is payable as part of online registration to enable you to register. Subsequent instalments for terms 2 and 3 are due on specific dates, which will be listed on your invoice and emailed to you after you have registered.

The University does not offer any discount for payment in full.

January starters

Please note that your CAS will show the cost of your full course but the online registration system will show only the current academic year.  As a January starter your course is run over two academic years with two terms payable this academic year and one term next academic year when you are asked to reregister in September.

Standard tuition fee instalment due dates 

  • Autumn term: payable as part of online registration
  • Spring term: 31 January
  • Summer term: 30 April

For postgraduate students with a confirmed postgraduate loan from the Student Loans Company, you can make instalment payments, in line with the postgraduate loan release dates:

  • Autumn term: 18 October
  • Spring term: 17 January
  • Summer term: 25 April

The dates for January starters are:

  • Spring term: payable as part of online registration
  • Summer term: 30 April

Receipt of payment

You can check to see if a payment has been allocated to an invoice through Webpay. Webpay will only list items that are outstanding for payment.

It can take up to 10 working days for international bank transfers to be received by the University. If you cannot see that the receipt has been allocated to an invoice after 10 working days please send a copy of your remittance or transaction document along with your full name and PRID/customer reference number to It may be that your payment has been received by the University but we have been unable to establish which student it is intended for. Providing us with this information will enable us to do so. 

Fees for your course

Our individual course pages provide details of the course fees for all courses, including whether the amount shown is a fee for the entire course, an annual fee or a modular fee.

To search for your course, use our Course Finder search tool.

Your online account and information

You can view items that are due for payment through Webpay by choosing the specified payment option.

Students with unpaid fees will receive a monthly statement which will be sent to their University of Essex student email account. It is important that the account is checked regularly.

Due to Data Protection legislation (GDPR) we cannot communicate about your student account with a third party such as a family member or representative without prior authorisation from the student.


Sponsored students

You must provide us with a valid sponsor letter to enable us to bill your sponsor. Without this document, you will be recorded as a 'self-funded' student and will be sent an invoice and expected to pay yourself.

Student Loans Company (SFE)

If you have applied for a tuition fee loan from Student Loans Company (SFE), students must have an approved application and completed their “Student Declaration” before automatic confirmation will be received from Student Loans Company (SFE). Without this automatic confirmation from Student Loans Company (SFE), you will be recorded as a 'self-funded' student and will be sent an invoice and expected to pay yourself.


If you do not have a UK bank account, you can not remit monies from abroad to the University's bank account in excess of the fees due to the University. The University does not act as a bank. Any overpayments made can only be returned to the bank account from which the payment was originally made.


Regrettably, in most instances we are not able to provide you with a precise length of time you will wait to receive your refund, however, please read the following to obtain a better understanding of the timelines involved.

For transactions originally made online using credit/debit cards, please allow up to 14 days for the settlement of funds to credit your original payment card.

For domestic BACS refund, these will take up to 14 days to process, and once you have received your remittance advice, the funds will show in your nominated bank account in 2 working days.

For foreign payment refund, these will take up to 14 days to process, and once you have received your remittance advice, the funds will show in your nominated bank account between 2-10 working days dependent on the country associated with the bank account.

Please note all refunds will only be made to the bank and account holder (or other financial institution) that originally paid the fee. Online payments will be refunded to the original card used for payment.

Late payments

If you are late in paying your tuition fees then penalties will be charged at the following rates:

  • Home and EU undergraduates - £25 per term
  • All other students - 12.5% per annum

Financial difficulties

If you anticipate any difficulty paying your tuition or accommodation fees, please contact the Income team by emailing

Please review our financial support information on our range of loans and funds available.

Full list of tuition fees

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Colchester students Student Services Hub
Colchester Campus, Square 5
Telephone: 01206 872372
Southend students Student Services Hub
Student Services, The Forum
Telephone: 01702 328218

Invoice queries

If you have an invoice query, please contact the Income team at

Short courses

The information on this page only relates to University undergraduate and postgraduate courses (eg degree courses). Short courses are normally administered by individual academic departments. You should contact the department running your course if you have any queries about paying your fees.