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Reminder: reduced Retention Fee available for postgraduates

14 October 2003

Members are reminded that, following a decision by Council in 2001, any member registered as undertaking full-time postgraduate courses with higher education establishments in the United Kingdom is eligible for payment of a reduced retention fee under the following circumstances:

  • their course of study must lead to a recognised postgraduate qualification such as a PhD MVSc, MA, etc;

  • the reduced fee is not available to members undertaking residencies, scholarships or internships unless they are studying concurrently for a postgraduate qualification;

  • members enrolled for RCVS certificates or diplomas are not eligible unless they are also studying for a European or American College diploma;

The reduced fee is available for a maximum of three years and is one half of the home member retention fee; payment starts in the April following commencement of the course.

The Registrar is the final arbiter in deciding eligibility for the reduced fee. Members who consider they are eligible for payment of the reduced fee should, in the first instance, contact Mick Sibley, Head of Membership, for further information (020 7202 0758 or

View information on fees.


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