Financial requirements

You will need to show in your visa application that you have enough money to cover your course and can support yourself during your studies (maintenance). 

How much do you need?

  • You will need to show that you have enough money for both:
    • the full tuition fee for the first year of your course - the amount will be on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement. If you pay your tuition fee in advance, you can include this information on your CAS statement before you make a Tier 4 (General) student visa application. This will reduce the total amount you need to show to the Home Office. (Please note: if you decide to pay your fees in advance, you should notify the International Students' Administration office, to ensure the information on your CAS statement is correct.)
    • an amount of maintenance money set by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), consisting of accommodation and living costs. (Note: Birkbeck is located in inner London for the purpose of Tier 4 and the set minimum for maintenance is £1265 per month. You need to show the minimum for each month of your course, up to a maximum of nine months. The maximum amount is set at £11,385, which will apply to most of our students.) 

When do you need to have this money?

  • Any money you use for maintenance and fees needs to be in the relevant account for a full 28 days prior to your application. The most recent balance on the statement must be within one month of submitting your application.

What to do if you are paying for this yourself

  • You will need to show the Home Office that the money is in your account. (You are not allowed to use money held in any other person's name.)
  • Your personal bank or building society statement must show:
    • your name or the name of your parent(s)/legal guardian(s)
    • the account number
    • the date of the statement
    • the financial institution's name and logo
    • the amount of money available in your account.
  • If you want to submit a printed statement, you will need to submit a bank statement printed on the bank's letterhead (mini-statements from cashpoints will not be considered as evidence). See an example of an acceptable bank statement.
  • If you wish to submit electronic bank statements, these must contain all of the details listed above. In addition, you will need to provide a supporting letter from your bank on company-headed paper, confirming the authenticity of the statement provided.
    • Alternatively, you can submit an electronic bank statement bearing the official stamp of the bank. This stamp must appear on every page of the statement.
    • You must ensure that your funds are not held in an institution that the Home Office is unable to verify (see Appendix P of the Immigration Rules).

What to do if your parent or legal guardian is sponsoring you

  • If your parent or legal guardian is sponsoring your studies and therefore using their financial information, in addition to providing evidence of the required finances (see above), they must provide a written declaration (in English or officially translated into English) confirming:
  • You must also include an official and original document (not a copy) confirming the relationship between you and your parent or legal guardian (eg birth certificate).

What to do if you are being officially sponsored

  • If you are in receipt of official financial sponsorship, this sponsorship can be used as evidence of the money you have for either tuition fee or maintenance, or both.
  • Official sponsors can be:
    • the UK government
    • your home government
    • the British Council
    • any international organisation or international company
    • the university
    • a UK independent school.
  • Required evidence: you must provide an original letter of confirmation from your financial sponsor on official letterhead and include the official stamp of that organisation on it. The letter must show:
    • your name
    • the name and contact details of your official financial sponsor
    • the date of the letter
    • the length of your sponsorship
    • the amount of money the sponsor is giving to you, or a statement that your official financial sponsor will pay for all of your fees and living costs.
  • See an example of an acceptable Financial Sponsor letter