Procedures Relating to Students with Composite Fees Debt
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Information for students
The University’s expectation is that students pay composite fees on time, as indicated on the invoice, and that, if a student is experiencing financial difficulties, they notify us as soon as possible so that we can support them to make payment.
1. Notification of payment of fees
Students will receive their invoice by email once they have completed their enrolment with the University. If a payment plan has been set up on the account, this will also be sent to the student.
Where a student does not have a payment plan set up on their account, an automated reminder will be sent to the student by email to advise of this and of how to set up a plan on their account if required.
2. Sanctions for non-payment of composite fees
Where a payment is missed, the student will be notified of this via frequent reminders requesting payments by email. These reminders will make clear the sanctions which may be applied for non-payment and the timescales in which the University may apply them. These sanctions include:
- Withdrawal of facilities including IT and Library access.
- Suspension within the academic year, which means that students will have IT and library facilities withdrawn, will be suspended from attending lectures, laboratories or tutorials, and from submitting assessment.
- Students with outstanding composite fees may not be permitted to progress to the next stage of their studies or to re-enrolment in any subsequent academic year.
- Students who are in their final year who have Composite Fees debt may be preventing from graduating and certificates and transcripts may be withheld.
- A condition of any offer on a programme of study is that students who have outstanding debt from a previous degree undertaken at the University of Bradford and who wish to begin a new course of study will have paid the outstanding debt before the offer is finally confirmed.
- Students may be referred to a debt collection service for any money outstanding.
Students will be notified in writing of any sanctions which the University applies to them.
3. Students experiencing financial difficulties
Students experiencing financial difficulties which affect their ability to pay their Composite Fees are advised to contact the University as soon as possible. The University has a Student Financial Advice team, contactable via firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the Hub, who can provide confidential specialist advice about student funding and can also help with general advice about budgeting, debt and welfare benefits. Any student experiencing financial difficulties is advised to contact the team for support and advice. Support can also be provided by the Students’ Union Advice Service at email@example.com.
Students who experience difficulty paying their fees should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and within 2 weeks of the invoice date for payment of fees. The University will work with the student to develop an acceptable payment plan, and will notify the student of the timescales for agreeing the plan.
An acceptable payment plan must involve the payment of all debt by the start of the final assessments for that academic year. If this is not possible students may be advised to suspend their enrolment and to re-engage when they have sufficient funds to cover their debt. The University may apply sanctions for non-payment as set out in section 2 where an appropriate payment plan cannot be agreed.
Where a student experiencing financial difficulties has not made contact with the University to advise of their situation and agree a payment plan, they will be treated as a student debtor and sanctions may be applied as set out in section 2.