Advice for students receiving sponsorship or student loans

If you receive a tuition fee loan

The Student Loans Company will pay the fees direct to the University in three instalments:

  • 25 per cent in term one
  • 25 per cent in term two
  • 50 per cent  in term three

It’s your responsibility to make sure you apply for funding as early as possible. When you apply, make sure you include the correct details for:

  • the amount you’re requesting for your Tuition Fees Loan (see our at-a-glance guide to tuition fees for details)
  • your programme and stage of study
  • your institution (i.e. University of Plymouth).

If you are a self fee payer

If you’re not receiving sponsorship or a tuition fee loan, you’ll need to pay your fees in full when you enrol. If it’s not possible to pay in full during enrolment, the University will accept two payments of 50 per cent. The first instalment should be by the first of the month following enrolment, and the remainder by the end of the first week of your second term.

If you receive sponsorship

You may have arranged sponsorship towards your tuition fee from, for example, an employer, overseas university or government department. In most cases the sponsor will require an invoice from the University before they're able to pay. In order for the University to be able to issue this invoice, you must obtain a letter of confirmation on headed paper from your sponsor, to include the following:

  • Your name 
  • Your university reference number 
  • The full name of your programme of study 
  • The amount of funding to be provided for the relevant academic year
  • A contact name, full postal address, telephone number and email address of the sponsor
  • Any purchase order number or a specific reference required by the sponsor

Or you can download and complete our sponsor form.

The letter/completed form should be sent as soon as possible to:

Student Records
4th Floor, Nancy Astor Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus

Alternatively your sponsor may email the letter/completed form to

Unless Student Records receive this letter, you will be classed as a self fee payer and expected to pay the tuition fee yourself. Please note that you remain liable for your tuition fee until your sponsor has fully paid.

Delays or problems obtaining a tuition fee loan? Contact our Student Accounts Team at for advice.