Tier 4 visa maintenance requirements
When you apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will be asked to provide evidence that you (or your parent/guardian) have enough money to pay for your course and your living expenses. If you or your family are funding your studies, this page will help you work out what documents you need to submit to UKVI with your visa application and answer the following questions:
How much money do I need?
Firstly, you will need to show that you have sufficient ‘maintenance’ funds for your stay in the UK. This is to cover living expenses whilst you are studying.
If you are studying in Greater London*, you must have at least £1,265 per month of your course. If you are studying outside of London, you will have to show £1,015 per month of your course.
You will only have to show a maximum of 9 months of funds, even if your course is longer.
*The following centres are in London, so you will need to have at least £1,265 per month of your course if you are going to study at:
INTO City University London
INTO London World Education Centre
INTO St George's, University of London
Newcastle University London
What else do I need to show?
As well as your maintenance funds, you need to show you have enough money to pay the full tuition fees for your course. If you will be studying a course which is more than one year long, you will only need to provide evidence that you can pay for your first year's fees.
Any tuition fees that you have already paid to INTO will be taken into account. This means that if you have paid £1,000 towards your tuition fees, the amount that you need to have available will be reduced by £1,000.
What if my funds are held in a different currency?
UKVI will accept funds held in any currency. If the account is not in British Pounds (GBP), they will convert your available funds into GBP. To calculate this, UKVI will check the exchange rate using the Oanda Currency Converter.
They will always use the exchange rate from the day that you submit your visa application to UKVI, so when depositing money you must be aware that the exchange rate can fluctuate. After converting to GBP, you may have less money available on your visa application date than you had originally expected.
What documents can I use to prove that I have the required funds?
The funds can be held in your own bank account or your parent/legal guardian’s bank account. If you are using a parent/guardian’s account, you must provide additional documentation as proof of your relationship and to show that you have permission to use their account to fund your studies.
It is not possible to use a bank account held by any other member of your family or a company.
Not all banks and financial institutions around the world will be accepted by UKVI. The Home Office keeps a list of institutions that can or cannot be accepted here. You will need to make sure that the bank account used is from an acceptable bank.