Pay your fees

There are various ways you can pay your fees. Learn about the different methods, and when you need to pay them.

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When to pay your fees

You need to pay your fees in full before your enrolment at UC is finalised. This includes all compulsory tuition fees, the Student Services Levy, non tuition fees and any other charges.

Fees cannot be paid by instalment.

If you have any questions about this contact Financial Services on +64 3 369 3331, or visit the Finance Counter at Student Services Centre.

When your application has been approved, you will be sent an Enrolment Agreement by email or post. This offer confirms your final selection of qualification, courses and fees.

To become enrolled, you need to accept your Enrolment Agreement and pay your fees by one of the methods below.

If you are an International student, you may need to pre-pay your fees to obtain a student visa to study at UC. See Immigration New Zealand for more information about student visa requirements.

When your admission and qualification entry is approved, you will receive an Offer of Place letter, which tells you the amount you need to pre-pay. See below for ways to make the pre-payment. If you are unable to complete your enrolment, your pre-paid tuition fees will be refunded.

After you arrive in New Zealand, when you complete your International student enrolment in person, you will receive an Enrolment Agreement confirming your final selection of qualification, courses and fees. When you accept your Enrolment Agreement, your fee payment will be finalised. If the amount you pre-paid is different from your final fees total as shown on your Enrolment Agreement, then you will be charged or refunded the difference.

If you do not need to pre-pay your fees for visa reasons, you can pay them when you complete your International student enrolment in person

If you obtain New Zealand Resident Class Visa after you’ve enrolled, you will become eligible for an appropriate refund. Such refund will take effect from the beginning of the next teaching period or semester, whichever is shorter.

A student must provide evidence of their changed status prior to the end of the change of enrolment period for the next teaching period; or in the case of a research course, this will be before the end of any month.

Changes of Enrolment

If you change your course selection after you are enrolled, then you may receive a refund or have an amount to pay. This information will be included in your Notification of Change, which will be emailed to you at your student email address.

How to Pay

You can pay for your tuition fees and non-tuition fees by any of the following options:

If eligible for Fees Free you will be automatically enrolled when you accept your Enrolment Agreement.

Confirm your eligibility at feesfree.govt.nz

If you are planning to pay your fees by New Zealand Government Student Loan, apply for your loan with StudyLink as soon as possible to allow time for your loan application to be processed before your courses start.

When you accept your Enrolment Agreement via myUC, you have the option to pay your full fees online by Visa or Mastercard using UC’s payment portal.

Western Union Business Solutions payment portal (WU GlobalPay) is UC’s preferred payment method for international students. It enables you to pay NZD student fees using your home currency or another international currency.

To pay your fees using WU GlobalPay:

  1. Open the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal and follow the instructions. Make sure you enter your full name and UC student ID.
  2. Western Union will email you a Funds Transfer Confirmation. The exchange rate on the confirmation remains fixed for 72 hours.
  3. Arrange a transfer of funds from your bank to the Western Union partner or Custom House bank listed on your Funds Transfer Confirmation.
  4. On receipt of funds, the Western Union partner or Custom House bank makes a payment to UC and UC sends you a receipt.

If you have any issues using this service, contact your local Western Union office or email studentpayments@business.westernunion.com

Fee Scholarships administered by UC will be directly applied to your UC account.

If the scholarship amount is greater than your total fees, the remainder may be paid to you (please check with either the Scholarships Office or your Department to see if this applies to you).

If the scholarship amount is less than your total fees, your invoice will reflect the scholarship contribution. You need to pay the remaining amount in order to be enrolled.

If you have any questions about scholarship payments, contact the Scholarships Office for more information.

International Students
If your fees will be paid by a Sponsor, you will be required to provide a Financial Guarantee.  Financial Guarantees must be on the Sponsor’s official letterhead and include:

  • Full Name and Student ID number
  • Start and End date of Sponsorship
  • Programme of Study
  • Confirmation of what fees are covered by the Sponsorship
  • Invoicing details.

Domestic Students
If your fees will be paid by a company, employer or other sponsor, you will be required to  provide a letter signed by them specifying:

  • name and address of the company, employer, or sponsor
  • student name and address
  • amount to be paid by the company, employer, or sponsor

For further information, contact Financial Services or visit the Finance Counter at Student Services Centre.

Bank to bank transfers can be made to UC through our bank, ANZ Bank New Zealand, using the following details:

Bank name ANZ
Branch name Auckland (Q&V)
Account name University of Canterbury
Account number 01 1839 0036732 00
Swift (routing) number ANZBNZ22
Address Corner Queen and Victoria Street, Auckland

To ensure your payment is processed efficiently, provide the following payment details:

Particulars: [your name, e.g. John Smith]
Code: [your student ID]

If you have any questions about direct bank payments, email UC Accounts Receivable ar@canterbury.ac.nz

You can pay your fees in person by credit card, EFTPOS or cheque at the Finance Counter on Level 1, Student Services Centre.  Please note we do not accept cash.

As of 31 May 2021 our bank will no longer accept domestic cheques.  As such we will not be able to take cheques as payment after 30 April 2021.

UC will accept cheques issued by a NZ bank in NZ dollars. Cheques should be made out to ‘University of Canterbury’ and your name and student ID printed on the back.

You can present your cheque in person at the Finance Counter on Level 1, Student Services Centre or post to:

Financial Services
Accounts Receivable
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

As of 31 May 2021 our bank will no longer accept domestic cheques.  As such we will not be able to take cheques as payment after 30 April 2021.

UC will accept credit card payments over the phone. Call Financial Services on +64 3 369 3467.

For more information or if you have any questions

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