Sanctions for the non-payment of debts to the University
You will be regarded as a debtor to the University if you fail to pay any fees to the University by the specified dates.
We know that the global pandemic has put some students into financial hardship, and this is a worrying, unsettling time for you.
If you are struggling to pay any fees to the University and you are facing financial difficulties, please read the information below and get in contact with the University’s Student Account Management team or Hertfordshire Students’ Union.
Find out more about the financial support available on Ask Herts.
What will happen if I have a tuition fee debt to the University?
If a student has not paid the applicable instalment of their tuition fees within 28 days of the liability date, or has not made alternative arrangements which are acceptable to the University, the University may do one or more of the following:-
- withdraw the facilities of StudyNet and Canvas, which will prevent the student from accessing StudyNet/Canvas material, submitting assignments or registering for award ceremonies
- withdraw you from your course
- bar the student from registering to study in future years
- bar the student from attending their graduation ceremony
- refuse to confer a University award
- not examine research students and require them to leave the research programme.
The University may also take more formal steps to recover any unpaid tuition fees, such as engaging a debt collection agency and/or commencing legal proceedings. If it does so, the University reserves the right to require the student to pay in addition any costs and expenses (including legal costs) reasonably incurred by the University in recovering the unpaid sums.
The University will withhold examination results from students in debt, but may issue such results in non-standard format to enable students to undertake any referred/deferred assessment. The University will not normally bar the student from attending resit examinations, provided that arrangements have been made with Student Finance to pay the fee or other debt.
Students who have withdrawn or applied to suspend their studies will still be contacted to pay any outstanding debt. Students will not be entitled to resume their studies or register to study a new course until all outstanding debt has been cleared in full.
- Paying outstanding debts
Support and guidance
The University encourages any student unable to pay their tuition fees to contact the University’s Student Finance team, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a payment plan or alternative sources of funding.
Get in touch with the University's Student Finance team.
If you would like impartial guidance, get in touch with Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice & Support Centre. Hertfordshire Students’ Union is independent to the University and can provide free and confidential advice for many matters. Contact the Advice & Support Team by telephone: +44 (0)1707 285022.
Email Hertfordshire Students' Union Advice and Support Centre.
If you require emotional support, you may make contact with the University’s Counselling Service in Student Wellbeing on telephone +44 (0)1707 284453.