An official financial sponsor is defined in the Tier 4 policy guidance as:
- the UK government
- your home government
- the British Council
- any international organisation
- an international company (the Home Office has not defined 'international company' but it seems to mean a company with a trading presence (an office) in more than one country)
- any university
- an Independent School
If you receive funding from any of the above sources, you will need a letter from them confirming how much money they will contribute towards your course fees and maintenance. The letter must show:
- your name
- the name and contact details of the official financial sponsor
- the date of the letter
- the length of the sponsorship
- the amount of money the sponsor is giving to you, or a statement that all course fees and living costs will be covered.
If your official financial sponsor is not covering all of your course fees and maintenance, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the rest of the money required. If this applies to you, then for this portion of funds which must show personally, you should refer to ‘I am a self-financing student’ to ensure your personal funds and documentary evidence meet requirements.