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Entry in 2019

In this section you will find information about tuition fees and financial support for higher education courses at the Conservatoire member schools starting in 2019.

The member schools are: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School.

Tuition fees

Home/EU Undergraduate Fees

The table below shows the fees the Conservatoire is charging for courses starting in September 2019.

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*

UK/EU CertHE students £6,000*

*Subject to 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 2019/20 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 you are interested in:

Student Finance

Student Finance is available to UK and EU undergraduate students new to HE for entry in 2019.

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 HE can apply for a basic student loan to help with living costs. The table below shows the maximum allocation for the 2018-19 academic year. Allocations for 2019-20 will be announced by Student Finance later in the year.

Living at home (2018) Up to £7,324

Living away from home, outside London (2018) Up to £8,700

Living away from home, in London (2018) Up to £11,354

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 2019 to 2020 academic year will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today.

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

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, and to estimate your loan entitlement, visit the student finance pages of the Gov UK website. You will be able to apply for courses starting in 2019 when Student Finance opens later this academic year.

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 will only repay 9% of what you earn above the repayment earnings threshold
  • Student loans are not recorded on your credit rating file.

The current repayment thresholds are £480 a week or £2,083 a month (before tax and other deductions).

For more information, visit the Student Finance page on repaying your student loan.

Master's Loan

Since 2016 a new Postgraduate Master’s Loan 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.

If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at a university or college in England.

You can apply for a loan of up to £10,609* (*2018 threshold) as a contribution towards your course and living costs. If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course. The loan will be paid into your bank account in three instalments during the academic year at the beginning of each term, once you have registered with your school and with the Conservatoire.

You will be able to apply for entry in 2019 when Student Finance opens later this academic year.

https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan

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 the minimum threshold – currently £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 pay back 6% of your income over the minimum threshold, currently £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 the current threshold towards that loan and 6% of your income over the threshold towards your Postgraduate Master’s Loan.

A student loan repayment will be taken even if you don’t earn above the threshold 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, visit www.gov.uk/masters-loan/repayment

Conservatoire Scholarships

UK/EU undergraduate students

The Conservatoire offers 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.

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.

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
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

 

*Note: The CDD Scholarship income threshold for academic year 2019/20 has been set at £42,875 in the Conservatoire’s Access and Participation Plan, but may be subject to an inflationary increase in line with the Student Loans Company threshold for assessed contributions on the student loan and/or changes to UK government policy.

The member 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
https://www.oldvic.ac.uk/about-us/fees-and-financial-support/

Central School of Ballet
https://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/seniorschoolfeesandfinance.php

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

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

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
http://www.nscd.ac.uk/study/fees-finance/

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

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 and 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.