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Reduction in tuition fee increases for continuing international students

This is a joint statement from the Students’ Union and University: 

The Students’ Union (USSU) and the University have agreed annual tuition fee increases for all current international students for the remainder of their course. International students who have started or will commence their course, up to and including the 2015/16 academic year, will be subject to annual fee increases of 2.5% for the remainder of their course.

As part of the agreement, the University will also be adjusting current year fees for those students who started their current course of study in 2012/13 and 2013/14.

These students will receive an adjustment to their fees, reducing the amount of the increase for the 2014/15 academic year to 2.5%. Students will receive a rebate if they have already paid their fees in full, and if they have not yet paid in full, will receive an adjustment to future fee instalments. Students should ensure their bank details are complete and up to date on Sussex Direct to facilitate swift payment of any rebate. The University will be working to implement this change in fees and any related instalment changes over the coming weeks.

Allan Spencer, Finance Director of the University, said: “We recognise that budgeting is a part of student life and I’m pleased the University has been able to find a way to help all current students to better plan their finances for their studies. We’ve been looking at how we can improve the way we advise students of changes and, working with the Students’ Union, I believe we have reached a good solution.”

Mr Spencer added: “Due to systems limitations, it’s not possible to communicate with complete accuracy with individual students on what this change means for them. However, we are working closely with the Students' Union to publicise these developments and ensure that all current students are aware of the new policy.’’

Bethan HuntBethan Hunt, Education Officer for the Students’ Union, said: “We’ve been in discussions with University management, over a number of years, to ensure that any increases in tuition fees are communicated clearly and transparently. Although this has not always been the case in the past, this new agreement will now mean that students will know exactly how much they need to pay, and there won’t be any surprises.’’

The Students’ Union represents students’ interests both within the University and the wider community and campaigns on relevant local, national and international issues.

If you have any questions about the statement please contact Michael Segalov, Communications Officer – communications@ussexstudent.com

If you are unsure how this will affect you, or have questions about finances, please contact the University Student Accounts Office

Notes:

1. Continuing international students who commenced their current course of study in 2011/12 or before were informed in October 2014 that the 5% increase in tuition fees for the academic year 2014/15 would be waived.

2. The agreed changes apply to a small number of postgraduate taught students. Very few PGT courses are of more than a years’ duration, though there may also be continuing students on one-year courses in circumstances such as deferment through illness or retaking of modules or examinations.

3. Fee increases are subject to rounding for practicality of administration.

 

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