Distance and online learning

Fees, funding and scholarships

Details of fees can be found on individual course pages. There are also some funding options for students taking distance learning courses.



You may wish to look for other sources of funding, including postgraduate loans.

How to pay your tuition or accommodation fees

You can pay your tuition fees using a variety of payment methods. Please note that you will not be able to complete your online registration as a Leicester student until the payment is in our bank account – so don’t leave it too late.


If you live outside the UK/Ireland, you will need to pay a £3,000 deposit to secure your place at Leicester. 

If you have a sponsor

A sponsor is a company or organisation, such as a government agency or charity, which has agreed to pay all or part of your tuition fee. Relatives and other individuals cannot be sponsors though they can pay your fee. Bank loans paid to you are also not sponsors.

Find out more about the sponsor process

When to pay your tuition fees

If you're a distance learning student, the relevant payment options and amounts will be detailed in your offer email. You can pay:

  • in full by the payment date stated on your offer, or
  • in two equal instalments: the first by the payment date stated on your offer and the second one year later, or
  • in six equal instalments over your first two years of study.

We must receive your first instalment in full by the payment date stated in your offer before you can register for your studies. Please allow 48 hours for card payments through our online e-pay site (or 7-10 days for other payment methods) to ensure that you meet the relevant payment deadline and can begin your studies on your intended start date.

Your Distance Learning Team can also provide advice about fee payments from other sources (such as a sponsor, student finance, ELCAS or a loan) or if your financial circumstances change after you have started your course.

To pay your fees find out more about our payment methods

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