Become a student member
To become a student member of the IFoA, you will need to complete and return an admission application to Education Services by email or by post. You will need to include certified copies of your educational certificates/transcripts and payment details for your application to be processed.
Application criteria and process
What educational qualifications do I have to list on the application form?
Please complete the qualifications and provide the relevant documentation for the qualification you wish to use for entry to the IFoA.
Do I have to send original exam certificates with my application?
No. You should not send original copies of your certificates with your application form. You should take copies of the original certificates and get these certified as "True copies of the original" and send these certified copies with your application.
Will I receive confirmation that my application is received?
If you send your application by email you will received the auto-reply email from Education Services. This is your proof of receipt of application. If you send your application by post you will receive an email confirmation that your application has arrived.
How long will my application take to process?
Admission applications can take approximately 5 weeks to be processed. You will be notified by email once your application has been accepted. At this time if your chosen method of payment is card you will be sent a link to make payment.
Is there anything I can do to have my application processed any faster?
Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to speed up the processing of your application. To remain fair to all students applications are processed in order of receipt.
Deadlines for submitting applications
We accept admission applications throughout the year. However in order to guarantee that your application will be completed in good time for the April 2018 exams, we need to have received your application by the following dates:
- Overseas students: 27 November 2017 by 17.00 (UK time)
- UK/Ireland students: 11 December 2017 by 17.00 (UK time)
How much are the admission fees?
Admission fees depend on your personal annual income. If your income is more than £7230.00 per year then you will need to pay the full rate fee of £376.00. If you earn less than £7230.00 per year you will be entitled to the reduced rate fee of £208.00 (fees are subject to change). Please note that the fees must accompany your application form. Applications received without the necessary fees will be returned.
How do I obtain reduced rate fees?
In order to obtain the reduced rate fee you will need to complete the reduced rate page of the admission application form, which can be found on page 7, and state what your personal annual income is in GBP. You will need to sign this page to show that the information contained in it is correct.
How do I pay for my admission application?
We accept payments for admission applications by credit/debit card, paypal, cheque and BACS. This can be indicated in the space provided on page 8 of the application form.
How long do I have to pay the admission application invoice online?
For card payments, once you receive the payment link you have 30 days to make payment. Please note you will not become a full student member or be able to book any exams until this invoice is paid.
Do referees need to be an actuary?
Your referees do not need to be actuaries but must be someone of professional standing who is not related to you. Am example of who is a person of professional standing can be found in the next question.
Can a family member be a referee?
No, your referees must be someone of professional standing who has known you for 2 years or more and is not related to you. Further details of who is classified as a professional person can be found on page 9 of the admission application form.
The following list is an example, but not an exhaustive list, of people who can certify your documents:
- Manager/Director of a bank or regulated financial institution
- Public Notary (i.e. a commissioner of Oaths)
- Family doctor
- Serving police officer
- British Embassy official
The person providing the certification should complete the following in English on each supporting document:
- “I confirm this is a true copy of the original document”
- clearly state his/her name, position, address and telephone number of the company/firm/practice or employer for whom they work
- sign and date the document
All this information must appear on each document to be certified
Education Services Team
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD
We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.