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The financial evidence required to support a student visa application can vary depending on your nationality and where you are applying. Use this tool to check the requirements for your circumstances by answering the questions below. The first part of the checker relates to your nationality and the passport you will use for your student application. If you have any queries or need further clarification on the information provided contact the International Student Office.

If you have been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months on the date of your new visa application, and you are applying in the UK, you do not need to provide evidence of funding. The Home Office advises that the requirement is to have held your current visa for at least 12 months at the point of application, rather than have been based in the UK for the full period. However, if you have been outside the UK for a significant part of the previous 12 months, and the Home Office gives an example of at least 3 months, you may be asked to provide evidence you meet the financial requirements during the application process as outlined below.

Disclaimer: The tool is designed to provide you with an overview of the financial requirements for a student visa application. Responsibility for ensuring all documentary evidence meets the Home Office's requirements is with the applicant. Further information on the financial requirements for a student visa application and the acceptable documentary evidence is outlined on the gov.uk website.

If you are bringing dependants with you to the UK, the amount of funds you are required to show will be higher.

 

Nationality list:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, The Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.

How to meet the student visa financial requirements

The options you have chosen: You are a national of one of the countries outlined above. You are self-funded.

What this means: You qualify for the Home Office's differentiation arrangements.

What you need to do: You do not need to provide financial evidence with your visa application but you are required to have the funds available to you as outlined below.

What is the minimum amount required? You are required to have the course fees as confirmed in your CAS plus living costs of at least 1023GBP per month for a maximum of 9 months, a total of 9207GBP. If your course is less than 9 months you will need to have at least 1023GBP each month for the duration of the course as specified in the start and end dates on your CAS. If you have already paid some of your course fees and it is reflected on the CAS, this can be deducted from the amount of funds you are required to have available to you. If you have paid some or all of your College accommodation costs, up to 1334GBP can be recorded in your CAS and deducted from the amount you need to have in living costs.

How should the funds be held? The funds must either be held in a bank account owned by you, your parents or legal guardian OR in the form of an educational loan that is in your name.

If using funds in a bank account, the required funds must have been in the account for at least 28 consecutive days prior to making the visa application. The 28 days is calculated from the date of the last transaction. The end date of the 28 day period must be within the 31 days prior to the date you submit your online student visa application.

  • If you are using overseas currency, use OANDA to check the exchange rate.
  • Check the gov.uk website for further information about evidence of funds.

Further advice: Contact the International Student Office.

How to meet the student visa financial requirements

The options you have chosen: You are a national of one of the countries outlined above. You are funded by an Official Financial Sponsor.

What this means: You qualify for the Home Office's differentiation arrangements.

What you need to do: You do not need to provide financial evidence with your visa application but you are required to the funds available to you to you as outlined below.

What is the minimum amount required? You are required to have the course fees as confirmed in your CAS plus living costs of at least 1023GBP per month for a maximum of 9 months, a total of 9207GBP. If your course is less than 9 months or you are extending your visa to complete a current course, you will need to show at least 1023GBP each month for the duration of the course as specified in the start and end dates on your CAS.

How should this be evidenced? If the details of your sponsorship are included in your CAS then you do not need any additional evidence. If it is not included, it can be evidenced by a letter from your sponsor to include the following information: your name, name and contact details of the sponsor, date of the letter, length of the sponsorship, the amount of money you will be receiving or confirmation that all of your fees and living costs will be covered.

Further advice: Contact the International Student Office.

How to meet the student visa financial requirements

The options you have chosen: You are a national of one of the countries outlined above. You are partially self-funded and also receiving partial Official Financial Sponsorship.

What this means: You qualify for the Home Office's differentiation arrangements.

What you need to do: You do not need to provide financial evidence with your visa application but you are required to have the funds available to you as outlined below.

What is the minimum amount required? You are required to have the course fees as confirmed in your CAS plus living costs of at least 1023GBP per month for a maximum of 9 months, a total of 9207GBP. If your course is less than 9 months or you are extending your visa to complete a current course, you will need to have at least 1023GBP each month for the duration of the course as specified in the start and end dates on your CAS. If you have already paid some of your course fees and it is reflected on the CAS, this can be deducted from the amount of funds you are required to have available to you. If you have paid some or all of your College accommodation costs, up to 1334GBP can be recorded in your CAS and deducted from the amount you need to have in living costs.

How should the funds be held? You would be considered to hold the funds if you have:

  • an original letter from your sponsor to include the following information: your name, name and contact details of the sponsor, date of the letter, length of the sponsorship, the amount of money you will be receiving or confirmation that all of your fees and living costs will be covered

AND

  • EITHER The remainder of the funds are held in a bank account owned by you, your parents or legal guardian OR in the form of an educational loan that is in your name. If using funds in a bank account, the required funds must have been in the account for at least 28 consecutive days prior to making the visa application. The 28 days is calculated from the date of the last transaction. The end date of the 28 day period must be within the 31 days prior to the date you submit your online student visa application.  

 

  • If you are using overseas currency, use OANDA to check the exchange rate.
  • Check the gov.uk website for further information about evidence of funds.

Further advice: Contact the International Student Office.

How to meet the student visa financial requirements

The options you have chosen: You are not a national of one of the countries listed above and you are self-funded.

What this means: You will need to provide financial evidence as part of your visa application.

What you need to do: You will need to upload financial evidence to show that you or your parents/legal guardian have sufficient funds to cover your first year course fees and living costs. The evidence must meet the requirements as outlined below.

What is the minimum amount required? You are required to show you have the course fees as confirmed in your CAS plus living costs of at least 1023GBP per month for a maximum of 9 months, a total of 9207GBP. If your course is less than 9 months, you will need to show at least 1023GBP each month for the duration of the course as specified in the start and end dates on your CAS. If you have already paid some of your course fees and it is reflected on the CAS, this can be deducted from the amount of funds you are required to show as available to you. If you have paid some or all of your College accommodation costs, up to 1334GBP can be recorded in your CAS and deducted from the amount you need to show in living costs.

How should this be evidenced? The funds must either be held in a bank account owned by you, your parent(s) or legal guardian OR in the form of a letter confirming an educational loan in your own name.

 If using funds in a bank account, this should be evidenced by a bank statement or letter from the bank showing that the required funds have been in the account for at least 28 consecutive days. The 28 days is calculated from the date of the last transaction. The end date of the 28 day period must be within the 31 days prior to the date you submit your online student visa application. It is also possible to use a Certificate of Deposit but you must ensure it reflects the required funds have been held for 28 consecutive days. 

If using money held by your parent(s) you must also include your birth certificate and a letter from your parent(s) confirming the relationship between you and giving their consent to you using their funds to study in the UK. If you are using your legal guardian's funds, you will need to produce an original legal document to confirm the relationship.

  • Check the requirements for the documentary evidence on the gov.uk website.
  • If you are using overseas currency, use OANDA to check the exchange rate.
  • If you are using a bank account the funds must be held in a financial institution that uses electronic record keeping, is regulated by the appropriate regulatory body for the country it is operating in and where UKVI can make satisfactory verification checks.

Further advice: Contact the International Student Office.

How to meet the student visa financial requirements

The options you have chosen: You are not a national of one of the countries listed above and you are funded by an Official Financial Sponsor.

What this means: You will need to provide financial evidence as part of your visa application.

What you need to do: You will need to provide a letter from your Official Financial Sponsor which confirms the details of your sponsorship if this is not recorded in your CAS. The letter must meet the requirements as outlined below.

What is the minimum amount required? You are required to show you have the course fees as confirmed in your CAS plus living costs of at least 1023GBP per month for a maximum of 9 months, a total of 9207GBP. If your course is less than 9 months, you will need to show at least 1023GBP each month for the duration of the course as specified in the start and end dates on your CAS.

How should this be evidenced? If the details of your sponsorship are included in your CAS then you do not need any additional evidence. If it is not included, it can be evidenced by an original letter from your sponsor to include the following information: your name, name and contact details of the sponsor, date of the letter, length of the sponsorship, the amount of money you will be receiving or confirmation that all of your fees and living costs will be covered.

Further advice: Contact the International Student Office.

How to meet the student visa financial requirements

The options you have chosen: You are not a national of one of the countries listed above. You are partially self-funded and receiving partial Official Financial Sponsorship

What this means: You will need to provide financial evidence as part of your visa application.

What you need to do: You will need to provide a letter from your Official Financial Sponsor which confirms details of your sponsorship if this is not recorded in your CAS. You will also need to provide the financial evidence to prove that you or your parents/legal guardian hold sufficient funds to cover the remaining amount of first year course fees and living costs. Both types of evidence must meet the requirements as outlined below.

What is the minimum amount required? You are required to show you have the course fees as confirmed in your CAS plus living costs of at least 1023GBP per month for a maximum of 9 months, a total of 9207GBP. If your course is less than 9 months you will need to show at least 1023GBP each month for the duration of the course as specified in the start and end dates on your CAS. If you have already paid some of your course fees and it is reflected on the CAS, this can be deducted from the amount of funds you are required to show is available to you. If you have paid some or all of your College accommodation costs, up to 1334GBP can be recorded in your CAS and deducted from the amount you need to show in living costs.

How should this be evidenced? The funds can be evidenced by:

  • an original letter from your sponsor to include the following information: your name, name and contact details of the sponsor, date of the letter, length of the sponsorship, the amount of money you will be receiving or a guarantee that all of your fees and living costs will be covered

AND

  • EITHER a bank statement or letter for an account owned by you, your parent(s) or legal guardian, OR in the form of a letter confirming an educational loan in your own name. If using funds in a bank account, this should be evidenced by a bank statement or letter from the bank showing that the required funds have been in the account for at least 28 consecutive days. The 28 days is calculated from the date of the last transaction. The end date of the 28 day period must be within the 31 days prior to the date you submit your online student visa application. It is also possible to use a Certificate of Deposit but you must ensure it reflects the required funds have been held for 28 consecutive days. If using money held by your parent(s) you must also include your birth certificate and a letter from your parent(s) confirming the relationship between you and giving their consent to you using their funds to study in the UK. If you are using your legal guardian's funds, you will need to produce an original legal document to confirm the relationship.

Please note the following:

  • Check the requirements for the documentary evidence on the gov.uk website.
  • If you are using overseas currency, use OANDA to check the exchange rate.
  • If you are using a bank account, the funds must be held in a financial institution that uses electronic record keeping, is regulated by the appropriate regulatory body for the country it is operating in and where UKVI can make satisfactory verification checks.

Further advice: Contact the International Student Office.