Answered By: Gyles Hawkins
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2017     Views: 3500

Why is there an annual tuition increase?

In order to maintain the highest quality education for our students, we are constantly evaluating our programmes and student support needs.  After careful consideration, the University of Liverpool Online has determined that a tuition increase in 2018 will be required. 

As with all products and services, the cost of providing education over time changes based on movements in the local and global economies. An academic institution providing programmes that run over two or more years that operates in an open market (non-government controlled) can resolve this in one of two ways.

They can either make assumptions about probable changes to cost in the coming years based on average programme completion speeds, and build this into the total cost of tuition agreed at the start of a programme or they respond to the actual market conditions experienced.

Students on our programmes can spend between two and seven years to complete their programme, depending on their programme of study and the speed with which they progress through their programme. Because of this, we believe it is fairer to make changes to tuition on an annual basis. This means that only those students who study in the year that the change is experienced will be affected by price adjustments. Students who complete their programs sooner are not exposed to a tuition rate based on cost increases in later years, as they will have already completed their studies.


How will I know the total impact of the increase on my tuition?

You will receive an email regarding the tuition fee increase and what this means for you.  It will include the percentage increase which applies to you.

I have an unpaid invoice, will this change?

No. Any invoice issued before 1st January 2018 will not change, even if it hasn’t been paid by the beginning of 2018.


Can I pay any instalments in advance or before the increase comes into effect?

Yes, students can request to change to the one instalment payment plan. We will then invoice for all remaining unbilled study points (up to 180 for Masters, or 540 for Doctoral programmes) at the 2017 rate. Requests to change payment plan must be received by 5th December 2017 and the payment for the invoice must be made by the 30th December 2017, in order to avoid the price increase.

* Please note any re-sits modules, dissertation or thesis will not be billed until the end of your programme; and will not be exempt from the fee increase.


It is still 2017 and I have received an invoice at the new rate, why?

All study that will be undertaken in 2018 will be invoiced at the new rate. As invoices are sent out in advance of the start date, this means that some students will receive invoices for study charged at 2018 rates in 2017.

If you are registered for modules starting in early 2018, you will receive invoices for them at the 2018 rate before the end of 2017.  Any used or invoiced study points prior to the increase will not be affected by the 2018 tuition increase.


I have used more study points than I have been invoiced for, what happens?

Students on monthly payment plans can use more study points than they have been invoiced.  This can mean that a student will be paying for study points used in 2017 in 2018. If this happens, they will pay the 2017 rate for those study points.


I am in the middle of my final research project (dissertation/consultancy), how will the increase affect me?

Dates on which you are to receive invoices have been predetermined and communicated to you.  If you start your final research project in 2017 and complete it in 2018, your payments will be affected as follows:

  • Three instalments: You will have been invoiced for the cost of your final research project in 2017 and the cost will not change.
  • Pay-as-you-go (modular): You will receive four invoices for your final research project: the invoices issued in 2017 will be at the 2017 rate, those issued in 2018 will be at the 2018 rate.
  • Monthly payments: All invoices issued for 2017 will be at the 2017 rate, those issued for 2018 will be at the 2018 rate.


Why doesn’t the tuition fee increase apply to students who have paid for their full program in advance?

It costs us less to administer the payments of students who pay for their studies in one instalment. Therefore, it is mutually beneficial if we incent students paying for their studies in advance by absorbing any future increase in the cost.  If you wish to change to the one instalment plan, please contact support.

I will be invoiced for study points in 2017 but will not use them until 2018, do I have to pay the increase on these study points?

Study points for programme components started in 2018 will be charged at 2018 rates, even if the invoice is issued in 2017. Please see separate answer for dissertations.

I will use study points in 2017 but will not be invoiced for them until 2018, do I have to pay the increase on these study points?

No, any study points used before 1st January 2018 are not subject to the increase, even if they have not been invoiced yet.

I wasn’t told about any increase in tuition fee!

If you started your programme in either November 2017 or December 2017 your tuition fees will not be affected by this increase.  Students starting later were informed that an increase could occur in their student agreements.


Why is the Technology Fee increasing?

The Technology Fee is subject to an increase which allows us to provide updated technology and current licensing resources for all of our students.

If you want to know more about the Technology Fee increase, please click here.


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