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Entry in 2021

In this section you will find information about tuition fees and financial support for higher education courses at the Conservatoire schools starting in 2021. 

The Conservatoire 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.

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Tuition Fees

Home Fees

As the UK has left the EU, the rules on funding have changed for EU students who are planning to study in the UK on a course starting in 2021.  Please see the following link for more details:

For courses starting in autumn 2021, fees will either be classed as ‘Home’ fees or ‘Overseas’ fees.  Whether an applicant is classed as having ‘Home fee’ or ‘Overseas fee’ status will be governed by the UK Government’s rules on residence.

The fee status of an applicant to a Conservatoire course of higher education will be determined by the relevant Member School delivering the course to which they have applied, at the point the School makes an offer of a place to study on the course.

‘Home’ fee status will normally include, subject to the UK government rules on residence, UK students, Isle of Man students and Republic of Ireland students.  All other students who do not meet the residence requirements to be classed as having ‘Home’ fee status will be classed as having ‘Overseas’ fee status.

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland studying, or planning to study in the UK may in previous years have qualified for ‘Home’ fee status due to arrangements under the EU in place whilst the UK was a member of the EU.  However, these citizens should be aware that for courses beginning in autumn 2021 if they do not meet the residence requirements to be classed as having ‘Home’ fee status, they will be classed as having ‘Overseas’ fee status.

The table below shows the fees the Conservatoire is charging for courses starting in September 2021.

New UK Undergraduate Home Fee Status £9,250*

Second Degree Undergraduate Home Fee Status £9,250*

CertHE Students £8,000*

*Subject to further increase in subsequent years in line with Government policy.

Note: For students paying Home undergraduate fees who are new entrants to a course in 2021/22 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.

EU, EEA and Swiss Fees

For students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland, please visit the UKCISA website to check whether you are eligible for Home fee status:

https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information–Advice/Fees-and-Money/England-fee-status#layer-6082

Students who are not eligible for Home fee status will be charged an Overseas Fee.

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 undergraduate students new to HE who meet the UK government’s residence requirements.

UK Students

If you are an English domiciled student (i.e. you are usually resident in the UK) and this is your first degree, you can apply for financial support from Student Finance England. 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 2020-21 academic year. Allocations for 2021-22 will be announced by Student Finance later in the year.

Living at home (2020) Up to £7,747

Living away from home, outside London (2020) Up to £9,203

Living away from home, in London (2020) Up to £12,010

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

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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 2021 when Student Finance opens later this 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

How do loan repayments work?Expand Question

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 which changes each year. Repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrow.

Key facts about repayments:

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

The current repayment thresholds are £511 a week or £2,214 a month (before tax and other deductions). They change on 6 April every year.

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

Master's Loan

A Master’s Loan is available for taught or research Master’s courses to help towards your fees and living costs.

Please see the following information for eligibility for a Master’s Loan: https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan/eligibility

 

The maximum loan you can apply for is:

  • £11,222 if your course started between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021
  • £10,906, if your course started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
  • £10,609, if your course started between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019
  • £10,280, if your course started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018

You will be able to apply for entry in 2021 when Student Finance opens later this year.

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

How do I repay my loan?Expand Question

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 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?Expand Question

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

Conservatoire Scholarships

Home 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 Scholarship Home fees  undergraduate students who are new to HE Household income £25,000 or less Income assessment through Student Finance or through the Conservatoire £2,000 per year  for each year of training Choice of fee discount or cash bursary All eligible students
Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursary All home fee 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
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