Fees and Financial Support

Fees and Financial Support

Studying at University is one of the most significant investments you will ever make and financing your studies may seem daunting at first. Help is at hand; the University will provide all the support you need to take control of your finances.

For fees purposes, the University classifies students as UK, EU or international. Your residency classification determines the amount you pay in tuition fees as well as the financial support available to help towards tuition fee costs and living expenses.


BOVTS Fees Policy

Click the link to consult the BOVTS Policies and Procedures webpage

Alternatively, click this text to go to the Fees Policy itself in a new tab.



Application fees

Application Fee for BA (Hons) and FdA Acting courses is £45 UNTIL 1ST JANUARY 2018. From 2ND JANUARY 2018 the cost will rise to £65

Application Fee for Technical Courses is £35

Application Fee for the MA International Acting course is £75

Please note that all application fees are non-refundable

Application Fee Waivers

The CDD are now able to offer a number of free audition/interview places across the Conservatoire schools. Places are offered on a first come basis and interested applicants must meet specific criteria.

Please check the CDD website for further details on this page.



Tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year:

Undergraduate - BA (Hons) and FdA Courses

  • The annual tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduate students commencing their studies in 2017 is £9,250. This includes students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
  • The tuition fee for international (non UK/EU) students on our technical courses, will be £18,500 per year.
  • Postgraduate - MA Courses

    • Tuition fees for UK/EU and Islands students will be £9,250
    • Tuition fees for the 40 week MA in Professional Acting for International Students will be £22,000
    • Tuition fees for international students (non UK/EU) on a one year course (MA) will be £18,500
    • UK/EU Tuition fees for the Four Term MA Theatre Design and MA Drama Directing Courses for 2018/19 entry has not yet been determined but will not be less than £12,333

      International students (non UK/EU) tuition fees for the Four Term MA Theatre Design and MA Drama Directing Courses for 2018/19 entry has not yet been determined but will not be less than £24,666

      Tuition fees are likely to increase in each subsequent year and these increases will be in line with UK Government policy.

Student Finance

Are you eligible for government support?

If you are a UK student, in addition to tuition fee support, you can also apply for funding towards your living costs, and the amount available to you will vary according to where you are from in the UK. You will be able to access a basic maintenance loan towards your living costs regardless of your household income level and if you are from a lower-income household you will also be eligible to receive additional means-tested maintenance support.

You should apply to your regional funding agency (see below) each year before the end of the Easter holidays to ensure that funding is in place for the following year of your course.

What does it mean to be ‘means-tested’ or ‘financially assessed’?

If you want to be considered for a higher level of maintenance loan (students from England) or a non-repayable maintenance grant (students from Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales), you will need to complete a financial assessment as part of your application to your funding agency in order to calculate your household income. Although much of this process is automated, you may need to provide financial information to support your assessment.

What is household income and how is it calculated?

Your household income is made up of your income plus that of the people who live with you, such as your parents / step-parent / partner. Household income is assessed based on gross taxable income for the last full tax year. If your household income is likely to drop by at least 15% you can request a Current Year Income Assessment Form from your regional funding agency.

What if I suspend my studies?

If you decide to suspend your studies for any length of time you will need to inform your regional funding agency. If you repeat any years of study, you should be aware that this might affect your entitlement to financial support.

To apply for student funding please click this text to go to the Gov website in a new tab

Please click here to download a Student Finance Explained leaflet from Student Finance England - Download here!

Please click here to look at the Student Loans Company website - click this text to go to the SLC website in a new tab

Please click here to look at the Student Finance Student Room website - click this text to go to the SLC Student Room in a new tab

Undergraduate Student Financial help

Are you eligible for government support?

Most of our students on undergraduate courses are funding their courses through student loans

If you are a UK student, in addition to tuition fee support, you can also apply for funding towards your living costs, and the amount available to you will vary according to where you are from in the UK. You will be able to access a basic maintenance loan towards your living costs regardless of your household income level and if you are from a lower-income household you will also be eligible to receive additional means-tested maintenance support.

You should apply to your regional funding agency (see below) each year before the end of the Easter holidays to ensure that funding is in place for the following year of your course.

What does it mean to be ‘means-tested’ or ‘financially assessed’?

If you want to be considered for a higher level of maintenance loan (students from England) or a non-repayable maintenance grant (students from Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales), you will need to complete a financial assessment as part of your application to your funding agency in order to calculate your household income. Although much of this process is automated, you may need to provide financial information to support your assessment.

What is household income and how is it calculated?

Your household income is made up of your income plus that of the people who live with you, such as your parents / step-parent / partner. Household income is assessed based on gross taxable income for the last full tax year. If your household income is likely to drop by at least 15% you can request a Current Year Income Assessment Form from your regional funding agency.

What if I suspend my studies?

If you decide to suspend your studies for any length of time you will need to inform your regional funding agency. If you repeat any years of study, you should be aware that this might affect your entitlement to financial support.

To apply for student funding please click this text to go to the Gov website in a new tab

For further information regarding fees and any financial help please see below:

For general information please click the link below;

http://www.cdd.ac.uk/students/fees-and-financial-support/

For information regarding help for students who are care leavers or estranged from their parents please click the link below;

http://www.cdd.ac.uk/students/student-support/



Postgraduate Student Financial help

The UK Government has announced a new loan for Masters students, starting from the 2016/17 academic year. This scheme will be administered by Student Finance England alongside the undergraduate funding programme.

The loans, which are up to £10,000 per student, are a contribution towards the cost of study. They can be used for fees, maintenance or other costs associated with your study. They are not means tested and paid directly to the student into a UK bank account

Please download the quick guide to Postgraduate Loans HERE

for information on repaying the Postgraduate Loan please click HERE

For more information please see the following webpage - click this text to go to the Gov.uk website in a new tab

Please see the link below for information about the new Postgraduate Loans scheme coming in this September!

Please see this page for information on the new Postgraduate Loan scheme!

For information regarding help for potential students who are postgraduate students please click the link below;

http://www.postgrad.com/editorial.fees_and_funding/"

Professional and Career Development Loans

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that have to be paid back. You start repaying the loan (plus interest at a reduced rate) 1 month after leaving your course.

The government pays the interest while you study and for 1 month after you leave your course. After this time, you start repaying the loan and interest.

click this text to go to the Gov.uk website in a new tab

BOVTS Scholarships and Bursaries:

As you would expect from a university that places great emphasis on student support, BOVTS is keen to offer help to students. Bursaries and scholarships worth almost £200k are available for new and returning students.

The Undergraduate Award Scheme is part of The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama's (CDD) Access Agreement with the government and is aimed at widening access to degree courses by removing financial barriers to education for students from under-represented groups.

Conservatoire Scholarships

The Conservatoire offers a range of scholarships in the form of bursaries and fee discounts. See the link below for details of what the scholarships are worth and who is eligible.

Conservatoire Scholarship Scheme – up to a maximum of £4,000 per annum (cash or tuition fee discount) awarded on the basis of need or talent available on all undergraduate courses – Click this text to go to the CDD website in a new tab

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.

To apply for student funding please click this text to go to the Gov website in a new tab

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

Other Bursaries

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship – one full scholarship, all fees paid, awarded on the basis of talent for the 3 year BA (Hons) in Professional Acting – Click the link for course details

John Pitt Stage Management Scholarship - £3,000 per annum in each year of training towards tuition fees based on talent for the 3 year BA (Hons) in Professional Stage Management – click the link for course details

John Pitt Bursary - £4,000 towards tuition fees on the one year MA in Theatre Production Management awarded on the basis of talent – Click here for course details

EU Students

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years will be eligible for home fee status. This means that they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout the duration of their course.

Current EU students who have been assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the Student Loans Company, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This will also apply to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from the autumn of 2018.

EU Student Finance

EU Students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK Government. To find out more and for eligibility please click this text to go to the Gov website in a new tab

Please click here to download an EU Student Finance leaflet from Student Finance England for 17/18 - Download here!

Please click here to download an EU Student Finance guidance leaflet - Download here!

To contact the Student Finance NON UK Team please see below;

EU students - Student Finance Services Non UK Team

Telephone: 0141 243 3570

From outside the UK: +44 (0)141 243 3570

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm

Or by post:

Student Finance Services Non UK Team

Student Finance England

PO Box 89

Darlington DL1 9AZ

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