US Direct Loans US Direct Loans including Veteran Affairs Funding
The information on this site will guide you through what you need to do once you have accepted your place on a course at Leeds Met.
You need to register with the US Loans Department at Leeds Met, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . We need to collect certain information regarding your course and personal details relating to your eligibility for US Direct/Federal Aid Loans.
Following receipt of your personal details/course information it will take at least two weeks to process your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) as we need to confirm details with your faculty. This will give you guidance regarding the amount of loans you will need to apply for. When we confirm your COA, you will need to register with our Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO), please see the link in the relevant academic year below.
Following confirmation from Leeds Met regarding you loan package, we can issue your Visa letter via email, it will also be sent to your home address. You need to make sure you apply early enough so that you are able to travel before the start of the academic year. If you need more information about Visas please contact our International Student Advice Service http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/international/visas-and-support.htm
As loans will not be released until students are enrolled on their course we advise that students bring sufficient funds with them for the beginning of term.
Academic Year Dates
These dates are set to minimise the risk of your loan being rejected by overlapping a previous year
Postgraduates – The loan year will be 24th September 2012 to 23rd August 2013
Undergraduates - The loan year will be 24th September 2012 to 24th May 2013 (end of final term)
The transfer of funds from the US Education Department to our UK bank account, then a refund via BACS payment into your bank account takes at least 10 working days.
Undergraduates: Semester 1 start Semester 2 Start
Term 1 09/24/2012 01/28/2013
Term 2 01/14/2013 09/09/2013
Postgraduates: Semester 1 start Semester 2 Start
Term 1 09/24/2012 01/28/2013
Term 2 01/14/2013 06/03/2013
Term 3 06/03/2013 09/09/2013
WARNING - THESE DATES ARE EXPECTED AND NOT ACTUAL. Allow for about 3 days delay - just in case.
What fees will I pay?
Please note that the fees vary for each course but the information below gives a guide to tuition fees for courses starting in September 2012 & January 2013 for International Students from outside the EU Annual Tuition Fee
Undergraduate (most courses) - £11,000
Postgraduate (most courses) - £11,500 - £14,500
Research - £11,500
The overseas fee includes free in-sessional English language support during your studies. To check the overseas fee for a particular course, search for the course in our course finder, click on the year you are interested in, and then click on the entry & fees
The overseas fee includes free in-sessional English language support during your studies. All students paying fees at the overseas rate automatically receive a scholarship towards their tuition fees for the first year of their course.
To check the overseas fee for a particular course, search for the course in our course finder, click on the year you are interested in, and then click on the entry & fees tab.
All students paying fees at the overseas rate automatically receive a scholarship towards their tuition fees for the first year of their course.
Early payment discount
Students charged at the overseas rate of fee are guaranteed a 10% early payment discount on a full year's tuition fee providing payment is made no later than 31st August 2012 if your course starts in September 2012. This early payment discount is only available to students charged at the overseas rate of fee.
Please note that if your tuition fees are due to be paid from your loan, this will be in 2 or 3 installments then you do not qualify for this discount, unless you pay it up front.
When you arrive
Enrolment – Students will need to be enrolled before we can authorise your loans to be released, if you haven’t done this yet, please contact your faculty administrator.
T4 Visa confirmation – your faculty should be able to provide details of these sessions but further information is available from http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/international/visas-and-support.htm
We will send you an invite to a welcome session with other US students.