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UK Border Agency | Application fees

This page sets out the fees for Tier 4 (General) student visa applications, and explains how to pay your application fee.

The fee you must pay for your student visa application depends on whether you are applying from inside or outside the UK - and, if you are inside the UK, on whether you are applying by post or in person.

If you applying from inside the UK and are sending applications for your family members (known as dependants) at the same time as your own application, you can pay a reduced fee for your family members' applications by sending them with your own application in one envelope.

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  • Tier 4 (General) application fees

    Fee if you are applying by post in the UKFee if you are applying in personinside the UKFee if you are applying outside the UK
    Main applicant£394£716£289
    Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying at the same time as the main applicant)£197 for each family member included on the main applicant's application form£358 for each family member included on the main applicant's application form£289 for each family member
    Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying later), or child aged over 18£561 for each family member£867 for each family member£289 for each family member
    Main applicant - permission to change sponsor - for migrants that applied for permission to study between 31 March 2009 and 4 October 2009£160--


  • Withdrawing your applicationWhen the payment handling service has received your application, the application fee is charged. The fee cannot then be refunded if you withdraw your application.
  • Duplicate applicationsIf you send more than one application, you will be charged the application fee for each application.
  • How to pay your application fee if you are inside the UK

    If you are applying online, you must pay your fee online as part of your application.

    If you are applying by post orcourier, you can choose how to pay your application fee:

    • By chequein sterling on aUK bank account. The application form will tell you who to make the cheque payable to, you should write your full name and date of birth on the back, and attach the chequeto the front of the completed application form.
    • With a UK postal order. You should write your full name and date of birth on the back, and attach the postal order to the front of the completed application form.
    • With a credit or debit card- American Express,MasterCard, Visa (including Electron), Delta or Maestro (including Solo).For postal and courier payments, we accept only Maestro cards issued in the UK. You must include the card number, the amount paid, the payer's name as it appears on the card, the 'valid from' and expiry dates, the card verification value (CVV) code, the cardholder's signature and the date. The issue number is also needed forMaestro cards.

    If you are applying and paying in personat a public enquiry office, you can choose how to pay your application fee:

    • With a UK postal order(except at our Glasgow and Cardiffoffices). You should write your full name and date of birth on the back.
    • By banker's draft(except at our Glasgow and Cardiffoffices).
    • With a credit or debit card- American Express,MasterCard, Visa (including Electron), Delta or Maestro (including Solo).We can accept any Maestro card for payments at a public enquiry office. You must include the card number, the amount paid, the payer's name as it appears on the card, the 'valid from' and expiry dates, the card verification value (CVV) code, the cardholder's signature and the date. The issue number is also needed forMaestro cards. The cardholder must be present for the payment to be taken.

    Payment by any other methodis notaccepted.

    You must send the full amount to cover the total cost of your application. If you do not do this, your application will be invalid and will not be considered. We will return your application and part payment to you.

    We start considering the application when the payment has cleared. Payments are cleared:

    • after5 working days for cheques
    • after1 working day for credit or debit cards
    • immediately for postal orders

    Please note that, if you are making numerous payments using your credit card, the anti-fraud measures that banks operate sometimes stop payment being taken. This may be becauseyou have exceeded the maximum limiton a single transaction or the number of transactions allowed in a given period of time. You must ensure that you contact your bank in advance, so that the bank will allow the full payment to be taken without any problems when you submit your applications.

    Payment information on the application form

    It is very important that you complete the payment section of the application form correctly. If this section contains errors, we will not be able to process your payment. This will mean that your application is invalid.

  • How to pay your application fee if you are outside the UKIf you are applying from outside the UK, the visa services centres overseaspage contains information about the application process and fees in the country where you are applying from.

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