Calculating living costs

03 August 2016

On 29 July 2016 the Home Office confirmed that the correct way to calculate living costs for a Tier 4 application is by course duration, using the course start and end dates on the CAS.  They provided us with the following example:

  • Course start date: 30 May 2016
  • Course end date: 1 October 2016
  • Course duration = 4 months and 2 days, therefore 5 months' maintenance is required.

(Previously they had told us that these dates would require six months' of funds since the course spans six months, that is May, June, July, August, September and October.)

If you need help calculating your course duration then you can use the calculator on (don't forget to tick the 'Include end date in calculation' box).

See our website for more information about the Tier 4 financial requirements.