Once you have received an offer from the university of your choice, you must reserve your seat.
Understanding Step 4: Receiving the Offer
There are essentially two types of offers that you might get from the university: conditional or unconditional.
What is a conditional offer?
A conditional offer is one where the university has decided to offer you a place but you still need to fulfil the applicable condition.
What could those conditions be?
It could depend on your application. If you hadn’t submitted your English Language test results while submitting your application, then that would be the condition. It could also be some documents that you still need to provide, say an academic essay.
Time limit to the conditions
Most likely, the university will specify a time-frame for you to fulfil the conditions on your offer. If you feel that you are unable to fulfil the condition in that specified amount of time, then you will have to write to the university to request for an extension. My advice would be to review the conditions on your offer, if any, and see within 12 hours if you can fulfil that condition in the specified time. If not, send an email straight to the university.
What is an unconditional offer?
An unconditional offer means that the university has made you a complete offer. You can either accept it or decline it basis if you want to study at that university.
What if I don’t want to accept the unconditional offer?
Wait. Most likely, the university will have specified a date by which you are required to make a deposit payment that will reserve your seat. If you are waiting for the other universities to respond to your application, you can simply wait. Once they do respond and you have multiple offers, then you can make that decision. Meanwhile, keep researching about the universities so that when you have to make the decision, you know which university to take.
What if the other university responds late?
If it so happens that the other universities take longer to respond, then you will have to make the decision whether you want to wait or take the offer you have got. This is because if you do not make the deposit payment until the specified time, you will lose the offer.
I understand that this would be a risk-taking exercise. I am preparing a tutorial for this, which I will release soon. You will be able to refer to it to understand how to get out of that situation. Meanwhile, you can visit here to understand how to perform a research for the university.
Understanding Step 5: Reserving your Seat
You will only be able to reserve your seat once your offer is unconditional. If your offer is still unconditional, then you need to wait until the condition is fulfilled.
For the unconditional offer, you will have been given a specific time to reserve your seat. Make sure that you reserve your seat well ahead of that deadline. The deposit payment would vary anywhere between INR 95,000 to INR 3,00,000. It could be even more for some courses and universities. But, don’t worry this is not an additional amount. This amount will be deducted from your fees.
Once you have reserved your seat, you will get another email with a confirmation that your seat has been reserved.
Updating all information with the university
Once you have reserved your seat, your university will be applying for CAS. Hence, you will have to make sure that by this stage, that is before making the deposit, all your information with the university is updated. This means your house address, email, and all the other essential information. CAS is a document issued by your university. Therefore, when you apply for the UK Tier-4 Visa, the UK government relies on the information that you have submitted in CAS and checks it against the information on all the other documents you have submitted. If there happens to be an unjustifiable mismatch, you will be in trouble. Therefore, it is best to keep your information updated with the university at all times.
If it so happens that there are some updates to any of the information that you have already submitted to the university, let them know asap.
Understanding Step 6: Receiving the CAS
CAS is a unique number which is issued to you once you have made the deposit payment to the university. It stands for Confirmation of Acceptance of studies. It literally means that you have a confirmed place of study at the university. Until you have been issued a CAS, you will not be required to do anything.
Once you do receive the CAS, the first thing you will do is verify all the information that is there in the document. Although CAS itself is a number, what you get from the university is a document that has the CAS number along with all your necessary information. This also includes an acknowledgement of the deposit payment that you have made.
Tuition Fee Payment
Once you have verified all the information, and if everything is correct, you will proceed to pay the remaining amount of your tuition fees. If any information on the CAS is wrong, get it rectified immediately! Make sure that all the information on the CAS document is correct as you will need it to apply for the UK Tier-4 student visa. Remember that you will only be able to for the visa once the information on your CAS is correct, and you have made the full payment of your tuition fees to your university.
Understanding Step 7: Booking Accommodation
The next thing you need to do is book your accommodation. You have done your research for understanding what kind of accommodation you should book. Simply book the accommodation, and ask for the contract details.
Now, if you have completed all these steps, you are ready to apply for the UK tier-4 visa. Let us examine: How to apply for the UK student visa from India? .