Self Funded

As a self-funded student you can securely pay your tuition fees in full by card or by bank transfer, or in most cases we can agree for you to pay by instalments.

What does self-funded mean?

You may be considered to be a self-funded student if you are:

  • funding your own studies
  • getting financial help from family or friends
  • receiving financial assistance direct from an external funder (excluding educational loans from a government agency)

Receiving an educational loan

If you are receiving an educational loan then you are not considered to be a self-funded student.

Educational loans

Payment options for self-funded students

Please do not use third party agents or someone you do not know to transfer payments to the University of Edinburgh, this can significantly increase your risk of being exposed to financial crime, scams and fraud.

Financial crime, scams and fraud

Pay by debit or credit card payment

The quickest and safest way to pay your tuition fees is using a debit or credit card through secure online payment systems. The University does not charge transaction fees for debit or credit card payments. A payment can be made as an advance payment, or for a particular invoice if the invoice is visible.

Pay by instalment

You can request to pay your tuition fees by instalment with a debit or credit card by completing a recurring card payment (RCP) instruction and Finance Registration Form. This gives the University permission to take scheduled automated instalment amounts from the chosen debit or credit card on confirmed dates.

Pay by bank transfer and online payments platform

You can use the WU GlobalPay for Students platform to pay student fees by bank transfer or by ePayment in a currency of your choice including GBP from UK bank accounts or where your local currency is not available.

Your student fees account

We will set up your student fees account in My finance once your unconditional offer has been accepted and confirmed. You will be able to use My finance to view payments we receive from you and invoices we send to you.