Regardless of the path you take while studying in the UK, the UK Border Agency requires all applicants applying for the UK student visa – seeking a prospective student visa, a short-term student visitor visa, or a more flexible Tier 4 visa – to offer proof that they will be able to support themselves (and their dependents) during their course of study. With Tier 4 visas in particular, this means that applicants will need a bank statement or letter confirming they have enough money to cover their course fees and living costs.
Child Tier 4 visas are eligible to meet the maintenance requirement if:
- the child is studying at a boarding school and there are sufficient funds available to cover course feeds plus room and board;
- the child is studying at a day school and staying with a friend or relative in the UK who has at least £500 per month to care for the child; or
- the child is studying at a day school and staying with a parent who has at least £1333 per month to care for both of their needs;
After the age of 16, students are eligible for Adult Tier 4 visas and must meet these maintenance requirements:
- short-term students must demonstrate their ability to pay for their full course fees and £800 for each month of the courses (in London) and £600 for each month of the course (outside of London); and
- long-term students must demonstrate their ability to pay for their full course fees and £7200 for the first nine months of their courses (in London) and £5400 for the first nine months of the courses (outside of London).
Only if these requirements for maintenance are met will visa applications be eligible for approval, but having satisfied these requirements will be an exciting first step in the language immersion process!