While contractors collect the fee from students for the first semester on their arrival in Russia, it is advisable to pay the fee directly to the university from subsequent semester. There are number of complaints of contractors collecting money, but not depositing it with the university which has led to termination of enrollment. Most Russian universities do not accept cheques or drafts and money has to be deposited in cash in the bank. If students bring cash in dollar or any other acceptable foreign currency, it is advisable to get it declared in the customs at the airport on arrival which makes it easier for depositing the money into their accounts. Russian institutions generally do not refund fees once deposited even if a student has to leave the institution.