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Tuition Fee Debt

Most international students pay half of their fees before enrolling every year. The second instalment is due in February for courses which start in September, or in September for courses starting in January. However, a small number of students may experience difficulties paying this. If at any point while studying at Sheffield Hallam University you realise you may be unable to pay your tuition fees, it is important that you seek advice as soon as possible.

1) Book an online appointment with an International Experience Adviser to discuss your financial situation. The appointment is confidential and the adviser will not disclose any information or discuss your case unless you give them permission to do you.

2) Following the appointment with the adviser, you may need to contact our Sales Ledger Team in Finance on 0114 225 2478 or email invoicing@shu.ac.uk to agree a payment plan.

If your fees are not paid on time, and a formal extension has not been agreed, you may be excluded from your course.

Financial hardship

If you start experiencing financial hardship due to an emergency or a significant, unexpected and unforeseen change in your circumstances, you may be eligible for an international student emergency loan/grant from the International Student Emergency Fund.

Strict eligibility criteria apply:

  • The Fund is open to international students (as defined by the University for Fee Assessment Purposes), EU and EEA students with non-settled status who encounter significant short-term financial difficulties caused by unforeseen and unexpected changes in their circumstances. 
  • Only students who are fully enrolled at Sheffield Hallam University and up-to-date with their tuition fee payments are eligible to apply. Students who are excluded, or have a debtor status (due to unpaid tuition fees) are not eligible. If a student has made exceptional arrangements to pay their tuition fees in instalments, these payments must be up to date at the time of the application and evidence needs to be provided that future instalments can be met.
  • The purpose of the fund is to provide short-term support for living costs. 
  • The maximum award is £1,000 and it can be in the form of a grant or a repayable, interest-free loan.

If  your circumstances qualify for support from the International Student Emergency Fund, you need to book an appointment with an International Experience Adviser for an assessment and advice about the next steps.

There are also a limited number of charities who may be able to provide a grant. The full list is available here Additional information on hardship funds available from UK charities.

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