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Bills & Finance

Information provided by the College Bursary Office

Undergraduate Fees & Charges

Students are responsible for paying their tuition fees and living costs. They receive a bill at the start of each term and at the start of the long vacation informing them what they have to pay. Late payment fees will be charged for overdue payments so if you cannot pay on time it is very important that you contact your tutor in advance of the due date.

The accommodation charge (excluding couple and family accommodation) from September 2017 includes Contents Insurance.

If you have any queries about the fees and charges please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Bursary at: finance@girton.cam.ac.uk

The bill that you receive will be made up of:

  • Tuition fees – set by the University of Cambridge and collected on behalf of the University by Girton College usually in termly instalments. Home/EU students may take out a government loan to cover these fees and will not be charged (the loan is paid directly to the college). Further information about the University of Cambridge Tuition Fees can be found at
  • College fees – charged to non-EU students and are a payment to the College for a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support. Home fee status students who are eligible for public support don’t normally have to pay an additional College fee, unless they are studying for a second undergraduate degree (affiliate students).
  • Residence charge – includes the cost of your accommodation and the Facilities charge , if you are living in College accommodation. The only differential in residence fee is if you have an en-suite room or a standard room with shared bathroom facilities.  Size and features are not taken into account.  The room balloting system ensures that across your time at Girton you will get the chance to live in rooms of different standards and sizes. The charge is based on your cohort (students who start in the same academic year) and is usually fixed for the first three years of your course.
  • Facilities charge – charged separately to students who are not living in College accommodation. It covers the cost of access to non-academic facilities such as the swimming pool and other sports facilities as well as subsidised meals in the College cafeteria for College students.
  • Security deposit – paid by all students in their first year at the college in three termly instalments via the college bill. It is used to cover the cost of any damage to your room or College property and is used to pay any debts which have yet to be charged to your bill once you have left such as Uniware card charges, library fines etc. The remaining amount is refunded within one month of you Graduating or your degree being approved.
  • Uniware charges – all students have a University or “Uniware” card which can be used to make purchases in the Lodge, cafeterias or on UPAY (used to pay for things like Formal Hall). At the start of each term (with the exception of the final term of their course) each student’s card comes with a £500 credit. At the end of each term the amount that has been spent is added to the following term’s college bill for payment. If you go past your credit limit you can top it up in the Porters’ Lodge.
  • Additional accommodation charges – these could be for early arrival or Vacation Accommodation.
  • Insurance – Contents insurance is included for students in college residence at no extra fee. Students not in college residence are encouraged to take their own insurance.
  • Additional charges – these are things like utility charges where they are not included in the Residence charge, damage charges and transfer fees for accommodation which you will be notified about in advance of them being charged.
     

Postgraduate Fees & Charges

The University fees, College fees and College accommodation costs (if applicable) are payable in advance each term. Colleges are responsible for collecting all fees on behalf of the University. If you are self-funding, the College will ask for a pre-payment sufficient to cover fees and residence charges for one term. This is held on account until your final fee-paying term.

Students receive a bill at the start of each term and at the start of the long vacation informing them what they need to pay. Late payment fees will be charged for overdue payments so if you cannot pay on time it is very important that you contact your tutor in advance of the due date.

The accommodation charge (excluding couple and family accommodation) from September 2017 includes Contents Insurance.

If you have any queries about the fees and charges please see  ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ section or contact the Bursary at: finance@girton.cam.ac.uk
 

The bill that you receive will be made up of:

  • Tuition fees – set by the University of Cambridge and collected on behalf of the University by Girton College usually in termly instalments. The fee is dependent upon course and fee status. Further information is available here
  • College fees – charged to non-EU students and are a payment to the College for a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support. Home fee status students who are eligible for public support don’t normally have to pay an additional College fee, unless they are studying for a second undergraduate degree (affiliate students).
  • Residence charge – includes the cost of your accommodation and the Facilities charge, if you are living in College accommodation. All students in a cohort (students who start in the same academic year) pay the same amount per week regardless of what room they are allocated to.
  • Facilities charge – charged separately to students who are not living in College accommodation. It covers the cost of access to non-academic facilities such as the swimming pool and other sports facilities as well as subsidised meals in the College cafeteria for College students.
  • Security deposit – paid by all students in their first year at the college in three termly installments via the college bill. It is used to cover the cost of any damage to your room or College property and is used to pay any debts which have yet to be charged to your bill once you have left such as Uniware card charges, library fines etc. The remaining amount is refunded within one month of you Graduating or your degree being approved.
  • Uniware charges – all students have a University or “Uniware” card which can be used to make purchases in the Lodge, cafeterias or on UPAY (used to pay for things like Formal Hall). At the start of each term (with the exception of the final term of their course) each student’s card comes with a £500 credit. At the end of each term the amount that has been spent is added to the following term’s college bill for payment. If you go past your credit limit you can top it up in the Porters’ Lodge.
  • Additional accommodation charges – these could be for early arrival or Vacation Accommodation.
  • Insurance – Contents insurance is included for students in college residence at no extra fee. Students not in college residence are encouraged to take their own insurance.
  • Additional charges – these are things like utility charges where they are not included in the Residence charge, damage charges and transfer fees for accommodation which you will be notified about in advance of them being charged.

It is important to understand and plan for the costs involved in studying at Cambridge. There are three elements to this:

  • University fees – This is the cost of your course. It covers teaching and access to faculty or department academic resources. Not all courses cost the same, and it is important to make sure you have identified any additional costs associated with your specific course.
  • College fees and charges – These are paid to the College and cover the cost of the facilities and support that Girton provides.
  • Maintenance costs – This covers your living costs whilst at Cambridge and includes accommodation, food, clothing, books etc.

The University fees, College fees and College accommodation costs (if applicable) are payable in advance each term. Colleges are responsible for collecting all fees on behalf of the University. If you are self-funding, the College will ask for a pre-payment sufficient to cover fees and residence charges for one term. This is held on account until your final fee-paying term.

Insurance

As part of the Residence charge for single occupancy rooms, the College provides £5,000 worth of Contents Insurance for students.

It is important to read through the policy documents to check that the policy has the required level of cover. If you feel the policy does not provide an adequate level of cover it can be topped up through the provider’s website.

From 1 October 2019 the cover is provided by S-Tech.  Further information can be found at:

Paying Your Bill

Bills are emailed to students each term. The approximate timing for the academic year is as follows:

2020-21 Academic Year

Term Bill Type Issue Date Payment Due By
Michaelmas Rent (+Prepayment if applicable) 01 October 2020 16 October 2020
  Fees Early November 2020

Mid November 2020

Lent Rent and Fees 07 January 2021 29 January 2021
Easter Rent and Fees 15 April 2021 07 May 2021
Final Bill Charges since April 01 June 2021 15 June 2021
Long Vacation Bill Summer Rent 06 July 2021 17 July 2021

How To Pay Your Bill

To enable us to match your payment to your bill please make sure that your Student ID number (the DS number on top of the bill) is used as a reference on all payments.

If you have any questions check the Frequently Asked Questions page or alternatively please do not hesitate to contact Martin Shadbolt on 01223 338974 or Clare Plumb on 01223 338977 in the Bursary Office or e-mail: finance@girton.cam.ac.uk
 

This is our preferred method of payment. Details as follows:

  • Account name: Girton College
  • Receipts Account/Account number: 60402621
  • Sort Code: 20-17-68
  • Address: Barclays Bank , 9-11 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA
  • IBAN Number: GB86 BARC 201768 60402621
  • SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22
  • Reference: Please use your Student ID Number as the reference so we can trace the payment!

College will accept payment of total bills (fees plus rent) by standing order over a period of up to eight months (between November–June).

Please enquire in the Bursary Office for further details.

The College has now entered in partnership with TransferMate, an online payment platform: https://girtonstudents.transfermateeducation.com/

Students who do not have a UK bank account can use TransferMate to pay their bill in their own currency with no conversion fee and at beneficial rates.

We no longer accept payments by Cash or Credit/Debit cards in relation to student accounts.

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