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Student Fees & Financial Support

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Student Fees & Financial Support

Information related to student fees and available financial support.

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Fees, Deposits & Refunds

Can I get a reduction in my tuition fees if my course is being delivered more digitally than normal?

No. All our online delivery will have significant staff engagement which meets the same quality standards and expectations of our on-campus teaching. Therefore, we do not plan any fee reduction.

Will there be a requirement to pay pending fees for the current academic year?

Yes. In order to re-enrol, you will be required to pay your fees. Details of how to do this are provided:

What will be the impact on payment of deposits during the application process?

The University intends to be as flexible as possible in allowing time for students to accept offers and pay deposits.
If you think you may require more time to accept an offer or pay your deposit then please contact our Student Admissions Service: admissions@rgu.ac.uk.

As a prospective student, will you offer more time to pay my deposit or accept your offer?

We recognise the extremely challenging situation our applicants have faced in recent months as a result of the pandemic including the potential financial impact. The start of 2020/21 academic session has been delayed until Monday 28 September 2020. This is to provide applicants with a little more time to prepare. The University intends to be as flexible as possible in allowing time for students to accept offers and pay deposits.

We recommend you continue to meet all the conditions of your offer including your deposit. All international applicants to the university are required to pay a 34% deposit before they can be issued with an unconditional offer of a place to study and then subsequently apply for a student visa.

If you think you may require more time to accept an offer or pay your deposit then please contact our Student Admissions Service: admissions@rgu.ac.uk.

If for any reason you are unable to join us, we will be happy to issue a full refund upon request. 

Can I get a full refund and how long will it take to get my deposit refunded?

In light of the current pandemic, we will issue a full refund if for any reason you change your mind or are unable to commence your studies with us in September. The one exception to this is if you are an international student and your visa has been rejected due to fraud. Full details of the refund request process are available from:

Refunds usually take 4-6 weeks after receipt of the completed form.


Financial Support

Will there be any additional scholarships or discounts for students facing financial constraints?

RGU offers a large selection of discounts and scholarships. We also provide information on a number of other funding opportunities for applicants. 

I am in financial difficulty, is there any assistance I can apply for?

Whether you are an International/EU or a Scotland/UK student, if you are in financial difficulty due to Covid-19, depending on your circumstances, there may be loans or grants available. If you are unsure which option is best for you or have any queries please contact studentfinance@rgu.ac.uk who will be able to assist.

Emergency Loans

If you require a short-term interest free loan you should email studentfinance@rgu.ac.uk giving details of why you require the loan, how much you wish to borrow and when you can make repayment. Repayment can be made over a period of time if necessary. If you require this short-term loan you should email sstudentfinance@rgu.ac.uk giving details of why you require the loan, how much you wish to borrow and when you can make repayment. You should also let us have your UK bank details – name of bank, sort code and account number.

Discretionary Fund

Some students may require access to funds they do not have to repay. Such students can apply for consideration for a grant.

International and EU students can apply to the Coronavirus Fund:

Scottish and Rest of UK students can apply to the Discretionary Fund:

If you wish to make an application you should complete the form hand it at the Student Help Point in the Ishbel Gordon Building along with all supporting documentation.  If you are unable to hand it in, you can email it to studentfinance@rgu.ac.uk using your university email address. 

Funds are limited therefore we can only consider support with essential costs such as food and rent. Assistance cannot be given with the payment of tuition fees.

I have recently registered in the emergency register to be a temporary worker responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Will I need to pay council tax?

As long as you are classed as a full time student at the university, you are exempt from paying council tax. If you need any assistance, contact Student Help Point.

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