Leaving Goldsmiths – Tuition fee liability and refunds

How tuition fee payment and refunds work if you leave Goldsmiths early.

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If you are thinking of leaving Goldsmiths you should talk to staff in the Student Centre.  See information, forms and advice for students thinking of taking an absence, changing, leaving.

This page is only for tuition fees. See information about leaving accommodation early and ending contacts.

Note:  Other than in a student’s offer letter only Student Administration (Fees Office) and Finance staff are authorised to provide a definitive statement on tuition fees. All other tuition fee information provided by non-authorised staff shall be considered advisory only and non-binding on the College. Students or staff requiring definitive confirmation of tuition fees should contact the Fees Office (fees@gold.ac.uk) with their enquiry.

Should you choose to withdraw, or interrupt from the College, or be withdrawn from your studies by us, we will inform you of any outstanding tuition fee liability, or refund due. Any queries arising from this communication should be raised with the Fees Office (fees@gold.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Fee liability for Interruptions effective from March 2020 to end of 2019/20 academic year 

In light of the current situation, the College has revised its refund policy to ensure that you are not financially disadvantaged should you need to take a period of interruption in the current academic year.  These changes are as follows:   

  • For self-funding students: If you have paid your fees upfront at the start of the academic year, you can request a refund of any credit on your account after the fee has been recalculated in accordance with the fee liability and the terms of the interruption set out below

  • For students funded by the Student Loans Company: if the College has received your tuition fee for the Summer Term and you subsequently have a period of interruption approved, you will not be charged a fee for the Summer Term 2021 (on the basis that the College has already received your tuition fee payment)

Requesting a tuition fee refund

If you have made an overpayment, your tuition fees have been reduced due to a late sponsor notification, or you have taken temporary withdrawal or permanently withdrawn from your programme, you may request a refund from the Fees Office (fees@gold.ac.uk).

Payment of the refund

Where a refund is payable, the repayment must be refunded to the original payer using the same method of payment as the original remittance. This is to ensure compliance with the UK Anti Money Laundering Legislation requirements.

Refund due to withdrawal

Students who withdraw from a programme of study without informing the College in the appropriate way shall not be eligible for a refund of fees. 

If you formally withdraw, or interrupt from your programme, your tuition fee costs may be adjusted based on your last date of attendance.  See further below.

Any overpayment of tuition fees arising from a temporary withdrawal from studies will be automatically carried forward as credit into the next Academic Session. The credit will be used to offset any fee liability upon resumption of studies. Students can however make a formal application for a refund at the point of temporary withdrawal via the Fees Office.

Fee liability

Withdraw or interrupt within 3 weeks of the start of the Autumn term

If you withdraw or interrupt within 3 weeks of start of autumn term, you will not be liable for any tuition fee payment to Goldsmiths and any tuition fee loan you may have applied for will not be payable.

Undergraduates who withdraw or interrupt after the third week of Autumn term

Time lapsed/Date of withdrawalLiability as % of full year tuition fees
After 3rd week of Autumn term 25% of fee due
From beginning of Spring term 50% of fee due
From beginning of Summer term 100% of fee due

If you have paid tuition fee up front you will be refunded the amount in excess of the tuition fee charged based on the percentage tuition fee liability described above.

Students who interrupt their studies without seeking and gaining the agreement of the College shall remain be for payment of fees in full and may not be eligible for any refund of fees paid.

Postgraduates who withdraw after the third week of Autumn term

Withdrawal timeRefund amount
After 3 weeks of Autumn term 25% of fee due, refund of 75%
After 2 weeks of Spring term 50% of fee due, refund of 50%
After 2 weeks of Summer term 75% of fee due, refund of 25%
After 1st July Full fee due

If you have paid tuition fee up front you will be refunded the amount in excess of the tuition fee charged based on the percentage tuition fee liability described above.

Postgraduate interruptions

TimeRefund amount
Within 3 weeks of start of autumn term Full refund
After 3 weeks Liable for pro rata fee based on number of weeks attending. Overpayment to be held as a credit towards fees for the following academic session

Students who interrupt their studies without seeking and gaining the agreement of the College shall be liable for payment of fees in full and may not be eligible for any refund of fees paid.

Withdrawal for non-attendance / College withdrawing students

From time to time it may be necessary for the College to withdraw a student. The reasons for this can vary and this will be carried out in line with the appropriate policy. 

In particular it should be noted that if you are withdrawn by your Department for non-attendance, your tuition fees are due in full up to the date of the formal withdrawal.

Where your fees are paid by a tuition fee loan you will not need to pay anything to the College, but you will still be required to repay any student tuition fee loan which has been utilised, subject to the appropriate income thresholds.  For further information see the Student Loans Company website.

Transferring from full-time to part-time study / Transferring programme of study

If you transfer from full time to part time mode of study you will be charged a pro rata amount for the period you were registered as a full time student and a pro rata amount for the remaining period as a part time student. This means that you will be charged more overall than a standard part time fee.

If a student transfers programme of study then they will be liable for the fee associated with each programme that they study for the duration that they are enrolled on that programme.

In the event that a student transfers to a programme with a higher fee their fee liability will increase. This will be applied on pro-rata basis.

In the event that a student transfers to a programme with a lower fee their fee liability will be reduced on a pro-rata basis. Should the student have paid fees in advance then a pro-rata refund will be applied.

Non-Credit Bearing students (NCB) / Short courses

Refunds are not given to students on NCB courses (short course codes beginning with 1) except in the following circumstances:

  • Closure of classes because of low enrolment (full fee refunded)
  • Withdrawal from class before course begins (full fee refunded)
  • Exceptional circumstances such as illness (pro rata) which must be supported by documentary evidence and the written approval of the Department

For further information and full terms and conditions please see the Short Courses Welcome Pack.

Refund to sponsors

Where a tuition fee has been paid by a sponsor, any refund due will be paid directly back to that sponsor.

Regulations and policy

See the Academic Manual's Fee Regulations.

For further detail on any of the sections above please refer to the Tuition Fee Policy and Procedures (PDF).