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Entry in 2017

In this section you will find information about tuition fees and financial support for higher education courses at the Conservatoire schools starting in 2017.

The Conservatoire offers financial support for all undergraduates whether you are starting a course for the first time, or have a degree already and are pursuing professional training for a career in your chosen discipline. Your financial status will not affect how we view your application.

For an overview of the financial support available, you can download our leaflet:

Fees and Financial Assistance 2017-18

Information about Postgraduate Loans for Master’s degrees for 2017/18 is included on this page. You can also view Student Finance England’s introduction to the new loans here:

Introduction to Postgraduate Loans

Tuition fees

The table below shows the fees the Conservatoire will charge for courses starting in September 2017.

Home/EU Fees

New UK undergraduate students £9,250*

New EU undergraduate students £9,250*

UK/EU second degree undergraduate students £9,250*

Isle of Man and Channel Island students £9,250*

*Subject to formal parliamentary approval and further increase in subsequent years in line with Government policy.

Note: For students paying Home / EU undergraduate fees who are new entrants to a course in 2017/18 or new entrants to a course in subsequent years, the course fees confirmed in your offer letter may be increased in further years of study by an inflationary amount determined in accordance with measures set by Government (currently the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast for RPI-X, being the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments).  Any such increased fees will not exceed the fee cap current in respect of the relevant period.

If you are new to higher education, remember you will not have to pay anything upfront and you may be eligible for financial support from the Conservatoire. You may also be entitled to financial support from the Schools.

 

Postgraduate and Overseas Fees

For information about tuition fees for postgraduate courses and overseas students, please contact the relevant school for the course/s you are interested in:

Student Finance

Student Finance is available to UK and EU undergraduate students new to HE.

UK Students

If you are a UK student and this is your first degree, you can apply for financial support from Student Finance England or its equivalent in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. You can apply for:

  • A tuition fee loan
  • A maintenance loan (to help with living costs)

Remember you will need to reapply for each year of your training.

Tuition fee loan

If you are new to higher education you can apply for a loan from Student Finance England (or equivalent) to cover the full cost of your fees. You do not have to pay anything upfront.

Maintenance loan

All UK students who are new to higher education can apply for a basic student loan to help with living costs. The table below shows the maximum allocation for 2017-18:

Living at home Up to £7,097

Living away from home, studying outside London Up to £8,430

Living away from home, studying in London Up to £11,002

Maintenance loans are paid in three instalments at the start of each term, after you have registered with your school and with the Conservatoire.

 

EU Students

The government has announced that European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who are applying to study a course which starts in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and which attracts student support, are unchanged. Student Finance England (SFE) will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way.

EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/or loans by the SFE will then be eligible for this support and for home fee status for the duration of their study.

To read the full statement, visit the Gov UK website here.

Tuition fee loan

If you are new to higher education you can apply for a loan from Student Finance England (or equivalent) to cover the full cost of your fees. You do not have to pay anything upfront.

If you are a new student from the EU, you will need to download an application pack to apply for Student Finance. If you’re a continuing student you’ll be sent the application forms.

Maintenance loan

For students beginning study from August 2017, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least 5 years or be EEA migrant workers in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Apply for Student Finance

For more information, to estimate your loan entitlement, and to apply for financial support, visit the student finance pages of the Gov UK website:

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

If you are a student from Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales you can apply for financial support from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive.

For students from Northern Ireland, go to:
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

For students from Scotland, go to:
www.saas.gov.uk

For students from Wales, go to:
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

For EU students, go to:
www.gov.uk/student-finance/eu-students

How do loan repayments work?

If you take out a tuition fee loan and/or a maintenance loan from Student Finance England (or its equivalent), you will not have to repay anything until after you have graduated and are earning a minimum salary.

Key facts about repayments:

  • You won’t repay anything until you are earning £21,000
  • You will only repay 9% of what you earn above £21,000, i.e. if you earn £25,000, you will repay 9% of £4,000, which works out as £30 per month
  • After 30 years, the debt is written off
  • Student loans are not recorded on your credit rating file.

The table below gives examples of what your repayments might look like:

Earnings Annual repayment Monthly repayment
£15,000 Nothing Nothing
£21,000 Nothing Nothing
£22,000 £90 £7.50
£25,000 £360 £30
£30,000 £810 £67.50
£40,000 £1,710 £142.50
£50,000 £2,610 £217.50

The MoneySavingExpert website has a very useful summary of how student loans work.

Postgraduate Loan

Since 2016 a new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 has been available for taught or research Master’s courses to help towards your fees and living costs.

You’ll be eligible if you:

  • are under 60
  • ordinarily live in England
  • don’t already have a master’s degree or higher qualification

The loan won’t depend on personal or family income.

You can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards your course and living costs. If your course is longer than one year you can get up to £5,000 in your first year and the rest in your second year. The loan will be paid into your bank account in three instalments during the academic year.

You will be able to apply for courses starting in 2017 when Student Finance opens later this year.

www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study

How do I repay my loan?

You have to repay any loan you borrow, but not until you’ve finished or left your course and your income is over £21,000 a year. Repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrow.

If you’re studying full time you’ll start making repayments the April after you finish or leave your course.

You’ll only start making repayments once your income is over the current threshold of £404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year.

What if I already have a student loan?

If you’ve had any other loans from the Student Loans Company for your undergraduate course, you’ll also repay these loans. For example if you took a loan for your undergraduate course that started after 1 September 2012, you’ll repay 9% of your income over £21,000 towards that loan and 6% of your income over £21,000 towards your Postgraduate Loan. So you’ll repay 15% of your income over the threshold in total.

A student loan repayment will be taken even if you don’t earn £21,000 in a year but exceed the weekly or monthly threshold at any time, for example if you work overtime or get a bonus. Any loan remaining 30 years after you’re due to start making repayments will be written off.

For an idea of what your repayments might look like, take a look at Student Finance England’s introduction to postgraduate loans.

Conservatoire Scholarships

The Conservatoire offers a range of scholarships in the form of bursaries and fee discounts. See the table below for details of what the scholarships are worth and who is eligible. You can also view the table as a PDF:

View a list of Conservatoire scholarships for entry in 2017-18


How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you wish to be considered for a Conservatoire Scholarship, you need to indicate as appropriate on your application form to the school/s. You then need to complete an application to Student Finance England (or its equivalent) as early as possible in order to be income assessed. Remember to allow consent to share information. This will allow the Conservatoire to assess what level of support you may be entitled to.

You can apply to Student Finance for income assessment even if you are not eligible for a loan, or do not wish to apply for a loan. Scholarships awarded on the basis of talent will be allocated by the schools and all eligible students will be considered.

If you are eligible for an income assessed scholarship, you may also be considered for additional support through the ‘talent and need based scholarships’ criteria. The maximum amount you can receive is usually £4,000 per year for each year of training.

The Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursary is allocated in addition to any other financial support.

 

Scholarship Who is eligible? How it is allocated How to apply What it’s worth Bursary or fee discount How many available
Income Assessed Scholarships

Bracket 1

UK and EU undergraduate students who are new to HE Household income £25,000 or less Income assessment through Student Finance or through the Conservatoire £1,500 per year for the first two years of training Choice of fee discount or cash bursary All eligible students
Income Assessed Scholarships

Bracket 2

UK and EU undergraduate students who are new to HE Household income £25,001 – £42,875 Income assessment through Student Finance or through the Conservatoire Up to £1,500 per year for the first two years of training Choice of fee discount or cash bursary All eligible students
Talent and need based Scholarships All UK/EU students on all undergraduate programmes Awarded on basis of talent and need Income assessment through Student Finance or Conservatoire means testing and/or audition/interview A maximum of £4,000 per year for each year of training Choice of fee discount or cash bursary Discretionary
Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursary All UK/EU students on all undergraduate programmes who meet definition of a care leaver or estranged student Awarded to all eligible students Self-identify as a care leaver or estranged student. You can do this at a number of stages:

– On the application form
– On the registration form
OR
– Speak to a member of staff after you have started your course

Bursary of £1,000 per year for each year of training Cash bursary All eligible students

The schools may offer their own bursary schemes and support in addition to that offered by the Conservatoire. The links below will take you to the relevant section of each school’s website:

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
www.oldvic.ac.uk/courses/fees

Central School of Ballet
www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/sscosts

London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
www.lamda.org.uk/drama-school/funding-your-training

London Contemporary Dance School
www.lcds.ac.uk/fees-and-financial-assistance

National Centre for Circus Arts
www.nationalcircus.org.uk/education/further-information–higher-education/fees-and-funding

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
www.nscd.ac.uk/apply/fees-finance

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
www.rambertschool.org.uk/courses/fees-finance/

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
www.rada.ac.uk/courses

If you are applying for a second degree, you will not be eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance and you may wish to consider alternative sources of funding to support your studies.

National Union of Students
You can find information about funding for second degree students here on the NUS website.

If you are an overseas student, you may wish to consider alternative sources of funding to support your studies.

For details of any government scholarships or funding available for overseas study, contact the Department of Education in your home country.

Another helpful resource is the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Visit www.ukcisa.org.uk to access their Funding Advice for International Students.

US Federal loans (US students)
US students may be eligible for US Federal Loans from the US Department of Education (FAFSA).

LGAC Scholarship Programme (Canadian Students)
www.lgac.ca
The London Goodenough Association of Canada has a programme which offers residential Scholarships at Goodenough College to Canadian graduate students studying in London.

For further information about applying to university, you may find it useful to visit some of the sites listed below:

Tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants

Student Finance England
www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – how to apply
www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Guidance on student finance

Moneysavingexpert.com – 20 key facts on student fees and loans
www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/student-loans-tuition-fees-changes

Student Calculator – this website helps you work out a budget for during your studies
www.studentcalculator.org.uk

Alternative guide to postgraduate funding
www.postgraduate-funding.com/students

If you have further queries about fees and finance or about applying to a Conservatoire school, you may like to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.