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As a social enterprise, the University has since its foundation sought to keep its fees as affordable as possible while ensuring that it has enough income to cover its operating costs. This balance is necessary because, as a fully independent institution, fees income and donations are the University’s only source of funding. The University has no endowment fund and receives no support from the state or other funding bodies.

The University maintains differentiated fees for the various regions of the world and allows the facility of a spread payment plan for those who prefer this method. These are the only available fee concessions. A wide range of external organizations offer financial help, often in the form of loans, to students whose fees are not paid by an employer or sponsor and who are not able to fund themselves. The University does not offer a scholarship scheme, preferring to keep its fees at an affordable rate for all.

Although tuition fees are subject to change without notice, it is the University’s policy not to increase tuition fees for students already enrolled on a programme. There may be exceptions to this rule for those students who are not making satisfactory progress. In general, fees increase in August of each year to take account of inflation, increased costs and other relevant factors, and prospective students should bear this in mind in choosing when to begin their programme.

The fees given below apply to students from all regions except Africa, Asia other than south-east Asia and Latin America. In respect of fees for students from these specific regions, enquiries should be made to the University directly for details.

Programme Fees

Fees are given in US Dollars (US$).

All students are liable for the Initial Fee and Graduation Fee. The Annual Continuation Fee is payable by those students who have not submitted for graduation by the first anniversary of their matriculation and is further payable each year thereafter to maintain good standing.

Degree level

Initial fee

Annual continuation fee

Graduation fee

Associate  $550 $525 $546
Bachelor $585 $575 $600
Bachelor top-up programme (for holders of approved credentials only) $565 n/a $575
Master $1,237  $650  $1,237
Doctorate $2,100  $725 $2,150
Doctorate by Published Work $2,100 n/a  $1,185

For other programme fees (eg. Postgraduate Diplomas) please contact the University. There are separate fee schedules for programmes in theology for ordinands, in Arts-Medicine, Narrative Studies and the Certificates in Relational Approach to Autism and Addiction Recovery Studies which can be found on the programme description pages for those programmes or obtained by enquiry to the University.

The programme fee includes the following: accepting the application; matriculating the student onto their programme (and providing a letter to confirm this where requested); issuing correspondence relating to and confirming the student’s learning contract; issuing an invoice for fees received (where requested); assigning the student to a Mentor who will provide academic guidance; assessing all academic work and providing feedback to the student as applicable; providing any help and advice requested on a general basis, by email; issuing a letter stating completion of academic requirements upon request; issuing graduation documentation consisting usually of a certificate and supplement (the supplement may not be applicable for certain courses and may either be omitted or replaced with another document); providing advice on further study at the University or an affiliated institution, including advice and help with the dual degree validation schemes operated by the University.

Additional Fees

The University’s programme fees do not include the following: the purchase or hire of books or other resource materials; the cost of printing and binding dissertations; any ancillary costs such as postage or telephone/internet contact which may be incurred during the programme; additional copies of graduation documentation (including replacement of lost documentation) or any other letter issued by the University; the supply of Apostilles.

Students should budget separately for these costs. There are extra fees applicable for dual degree programmes with partner universities.

There is no fee for application.

If a student fails to respond to contact from their mentor and the University for a period of thirty days, they will be de-matriculated. Re-matriculation is possible but carries a fee of $150.

No student may graduate from the University until all applicable fees have been received.

Embassy legalization/Apostille
The University can in some cases arrange for Embassy legalization/Apostille for degree documentation. This service is only required in certain countries. The University does not provide this service itself but can suggest third party providers with whom the graduate can contract on their own initiative and at their own expense.

Payment of Fees

Currencies

All fees above are given in US dollars, because this currency is the most widely used and understood internationally. As well as payment in US dollars, the University can accept payment in Euros and UK pounds, and may be able to accept other currencies by arrangement. Details of how to send payment will be sent to students at the time of enrolment. All payments received by the University must be net of any bank or currency transfer fees which are the responsibility of the student.

Methods of payment

1. Bank to Bank (wire) Transfer (preferred)
Instruct your bank that the University must receive the exact amount invoiced. Only the amount received will be credited to your account. Please inform the University that this is your favoured payment method and we will send you our bank details. Note that for certain high-risk countries we will not release bank details under any circumstances. In this event, you will need to use an alternative form of payment.

2. Western Union
Under certain circumstances (cleared with the University in advance) you may transfer funds via your local Western Union branch. This is often both at least as fast as and less expensive than other payment methods.

3. Credit Card Payments
PAYMENT ONLINE: You can use a secure payment server to pay using any major credit card. Once your application is accepted, let us know this is your favoured method of payment and we will send you an email invoice that you can pay online. Please note that this option is not available for all countries.

If you are paying by instalments, we can make things even easier for you. Once your payment plan has been approved by the University, you can set up a schedule for online credit card invoicing at specified intervals.

Always remember to label your payment clearly and accurately. Under no circumstances should you send cash through the post or send us your credit card details; we do not process credit cards directly.

4. Payment via Bank Drafts, Cheques (checks)
We do not accept bankers drafts or cheques because of the increased prevalence of fraud using these methods.

Spread or instalment payment plans

A spread or instalment payment plan may be proposed by the student for agreement by the University. Where spread payment of any portion of fees has been granted, installments must be received on or before the due date. Where arrears occur, the University will not send a reminder, but instead will automatically de-matriculate the student. Re-matriculation is possible, subject to a $150 fee, payment of arrears, and the University’s discretion. If re-matriculation does not occur within 90 days of de-matriculation, any fees already paid will be forfeited. Students at risk of falling into arrears should contact the University to discuss their situation. DO NOT engage in an instalment payment arrangement unless you are absolutely confident that you can meet the associated terms. Unless all fees have been received (and all academic requirements completed satisfactorily), a student cannot graduate.

A spread or instalment payment plan is not a credit plan, because there is neither a loan nor a debt. The arrangement can be cancelled by the student by withdrawing from their programme at any point without further payments being due. Each instalment payment is also subject to a separate 7-day cooling-off period during which the decision to withdraw may be communicated to the University and a refund of the instalment in question processed.

Liability

The University accepts no liability for payments not received and cleared by our bankers. Payments received are normally paid to bank on the same day, and should be expected to clear ca. 7-10 days after. We accept no responsibility for cash payments, or any means of payment which is not specifically made out as directed by the University’s officers. Proof of sending does not constitute proof of receipt. All charges made to the University for banking transactions will be added to the candidate’s account balance.

Refunds

The University offers a refund scheme for newly-enrolled students. This allows students who decide to withdraw within seven days of the payment of the first instalment of fees to receive a refund. Requests to withdraw must be submitted to the University’s administration (not Mentors) in writing (by email or using the contact form and providing verifiable information) and reasonable administrative and/or banking fees incurred in the admission and refund process will be debited from the refund amount balance. The University reserves the right to issue refunds through its choice of means of monetary transfer solely, and may do so via third party contractors or agents. Refunds will normally be issued within 30 days of receipt of notification.

In principle, the University does not offer refunds once the student has been enrolled on a programme of study beyond the seven-day initial period, save on exceptional compassionate grounds which will require significant evidence in support. Please ensure that you are fully committed to the programme before enrolling. We do not offer refunds for those who have simply changed their mind for whatever reason.

Refund arrangements for spread payment students are described in the relevant section above.

Students who are dismissed for academic cause or misconduct after the seven-day initial period are not entitled to any refund.

All additional fees applied in addition to standard programme fees are non-refundable.

Agents and representatives

The University designates specific agents and representatives in certain countries whose duties include the handling of payments on behalf of the University. The University will inform the candidate of any applicable arrangements at the time of matriculation. The candidate should ensure that no payment is made to any third party who is not specifically authorized by the University. No liability can be accepted by the University for any unauthorized payments.