A big date which has been in the diaries for many self-funding students is 20th April 2020; and the reason for that was because many were due to pay their final tuition fee instalments by this date (excluding students who began their studies in January).
The current Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in many students facing multiple unforeseen difficulties; such as loss of earnings through job cuts, cuts to working hours or international banking closures or service restrictions – all potentially resulting in concerns over whether tuition fees can be paid on-time.
If you have been able to pay final tuition fee instalment on time, that’s great! But if you haven’t been able to make the payment, and are not sure what to do, here are some things for you to consider:
- - If you know that you are unable to pay your tuition fee instalment/s on time; it is really important that you get in touch with the University’s Student Finance Team – to let them know about the difficulties that you have been experiencing and to see if you could negotiate a new payment plan. The best way to contact the team, at the moment, is by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- - Outstanding tuition fees can be paid online, and alternative ways to make payment can also be found on the University’s website.
If a student was due to pay their final tuition fee instalment on 20th April, and hasn’t paid by 22nd May 2020, their access to StudyNet and Canvas will be blocked; preventing the student from accessing online learning materials, submitting assignments or registering for award ceremonies.
If the payment is not made following on from 22nd May, the University may take one or more of the following forms of action:
- - Withdraw a student from their course.
- - Bar the student from returning in the following academic year.
- - Bar the student from attending their graduation ceremony.
- - Refuse to confer a University award.
- - Not examine a research student and require them to leave the research programme.
The University may also take formal steps to recover any unpaid tuition fees by engaging a debt collection agency and/or commencing legal proceedings. Further details about these processes can be found on Ask Herts.
Therefore, it is vital to get in touch with the University’s Student Finance Team as soon as possible if you are unable to pay your tuition fees on-time. Due to the current circumstances, the University is trying hard to support students who have found themselves in positions of difficulty.
Also, if you wish to gain free, confidential and impartial advice from your Students’ Union regarding tuition fee payments you can contact the SU Advice Team by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 01707 285022.