Withdrawals & refunds for new starters

How to withdrawal from the University: any student wishing to withdrawal from the University needs submit the withdrawal form here (any problems with this please contact Student Affairs). Unless students notify the University in writing via the form at the time of withdrawal, a student will be liable for the full semester fees. If for any reason a student withdrawals or is withdrawn from courses, the following scale of tuition refunds applies.

Home/EU fee payers and International/US $ fee payers who are not here under a Tier 4 student visa

The amount of refund depends on when the withdrawal process is completed:

Prior to the Friday before orientation week – 100% of semester fees paid
By the end of orientation – 75% of semester fees paid
By the end of the first week of classes – 50% of semester fees paid
Thereafter – 0%

Summer School:

Prior to the Friday before the first week of classes – 100% of semester fees paid
By the end of add/drop period – 50% of semester fees paid
Thereafter – 0%

Please note that a student who attends classes without having registered will be liable for the fees. A student who is dismissed for serious misconduct will not receive a refund.

International/US $ fee payers who are here under a Tier 4 student visa

At least 50% of the tuition fees for the year are payable in advance before we can issue a CAS to support your Tier 4 student visa application. This 50% advanced payment is not refundable The only exception to this is if a student is refused a visa to study by the UK authorities and a copy of the written refusal is forwarded to the university finance office within 30 days of issue.

The remaining 50% is due prior to enrolment and the following scale of tuition refund applies to this additional payment only:

Prior to the Friday before orientation week of the first semester of enrolment – 100% i.e. 50% of the full annual fee
By the end of orientation of the first semester of enrolment – 75% i.e. 37.5% of the full annual fee
By the end of the first week of classes of the first semester of enrolment – 50% i.e. 25% of the full annual fee
Thereafter – 0%

Summer School:

Prior to the Friday before the first week of classes – 100% i.e. 50% of the full annual fee
By the end of add/drop period – 50% i.e. 25% of the full annual fee
Thereafter – 0%

Please note that a student who attends classes without having registered will be liable for the fees. A student who is dismissed for serious misconduct will not receive a refund.

Refunds will only be paid upon receipt of confirmation that the student has returned to their home country and are no longer in the UK.

Housing and Deposits

Prior to enrolment and moving in to university accommodation, you can cancel your housing contract or tuition contract within 14 days and receive a refund of any deposits paid. If you change your mind after 14 days then no refund will be given for the following:

  • Housing Deposit
    • Tuition Deposit
    • Any Room & Board fees paid

The only exceptions are:

  • a student is refused a visa to study by the UK authorities and a copy of the written refusal is forwarded to the university finance office within 30 days of issue;
    • We tell a student that they cannot start their chosen course at Richmond.

Refunds will be paid directly to the fee payer unless we are advised otherwise.

Refund (if applicable) for Title IV Funds (US Stafford Student, Parent PLUS and Private Student Loan) made in sterling will be converted using the daily exchange rate.

For full details see the Finance Office 020 8332 8223. Recipients of US Stafford Student and Parent PLUS loans will be subject to the above University policy and to the Return of Title IV Funds policy. Contact the Financial Aid Office for full details at finaid@richmond.ac.uk or +44 (0) 20 8332 8214.