To apply for a visa, you need to prove you have the money to cover your expenses during your course.
Proof of funds
You must show UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) you can pay:
- course fees as stated on your CAS.
- £1,015 for each month of your course, up to nine months (a maximum of £9,135). This includes part months.
You can show you have these funds through:
Money in your or your parents’ bank account
You need to show this money has been in the account for a consecutive 28-day period. This 28-day period should end no more than 31 days before you submit your application.
You can’t use a business account to show funds (even if the business is owned by you or your parents/legal guardian) or money held by any other family members.
You must sign a declaration which states the funds are genuinely available for funding your study and living costs. UKVI reserve the right to check that these funds continue to be available to you.
If you use an overseas bank account, you need to convert the currency using Oanda, and make sure it remains above the required amount on the date you submit your application online.
Official financial or government sponsorship
Financial sponsorship is where you’re given money to pay for:
- some or all of your course fees
- living costs.
If Sussex is your financial sponsor, this information is on your CAS statement.
If you’re applying to extend your visa on the same course and you’re sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency, you must get your sponsor’s consent.
Money paid to Sussex
You can pay some or all of your fees and accommodation costs in advance.
Up to £1,265 of University-managed accommodation costs can be deducted from the amount of maintenance required. This reduces the total amount you need to show as part of your visa application.
If you have made these payments to Sussex, they appear on your CAS statement. If they’re not included, contact the office that issued your CAS.
If you’re a self-funded Masters student, you need to pay a tuition fee deposit of £2,000.
See our information about Masters deposits for international students.
Acceptable evidence of your funds
You must submit the correct documents and financial evidence when you apply. Your visa may be refused if you don’t.
Download our sample letters and example statements to help you with your application, including:
- personal bank or building society statements – download an example UK bank statement [PDF 3.14 MB]; If you’re using money held by your parents, you must also provide your original birth certificate and a parental consent letter – download a sample parental consent letter [PDF 176.31 KB]
- a Certificate of Deposit (documents issued by a bank confirming you’ve deposited or invested some money) – download an example certificate of deposit [PDF 1.03 MB]
- a building society passbook
- a bank letter to prove how much money you have – download a sample bank letter [PDF 260.41 KB]
- a letter from a regulated financial institution which confirms funds or a loan will be released to you when you get your visa – see paragraph 230 (v) (Home Office policy guidance on Tier 4 PDF)
- an official financial or government sponsorship letter – download a sample official sponsorship letter [PDF 141.56 KB].