Guildhall School of Music and Drama Funding

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Funding

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Funding

Funding for Undergraduate UK/EU Students

Guidance booklet for download

UK/EU Undergraduate New Students

FAQ: How will the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect fees and loans for EU students?

Tuition fees

There are no upfront tuition fee costs for new UK/EU students eligible for a student loan; most students will not need to pay any fees while they are studying. Loans are not repayable until earnings reach at least £21,000; after 30 years any remaining debt will be cancelled.

The School will charge £9,250 for all undergraduate programmes in 2017/18 to eligible UK/EU resident students. Please note, subsequent years of study will be charged at the rate for that year.

Tuition Fee Loan

All UK/EU students embarking on their first undergraduate degree can receive a low-interest tuition fee loan from the Government which is not means-tested. You should apply for these funds as soon as possible – do not wait for a firm offer of a place. When applying for the tuition fee loan, please take care that you state the correct tuition fee.

Living Costs for UK Students

English students can apply for a maintenance loan to help towards day-to-day living costs, such as rent and travel. For new students in 2017/18 the loan is worth up to £11,002. The amount of loan you are entitled to is based on where you live, where you study, your household income and whether you are on the final year of your course.

English students who started their education before August 2016 whose household income is below £42,611 are eligible to receive a maintenance grant. A partial grant will be given if the household income is between £25,001 and £42,611 and a full grant of £3,354 is available to students whose household income is below £25,000. Unlike the maintenance loan, the maintenance grant is based solely on your household income and does not take into account the place of study. The maintenance grant does not have to be paid back.

Students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can also apply for maintenance support (loan/grant), the amounts will differ depending on what each devolved government provides. Once enrolment is completed, maintenance payments are paid directly into the student’s bank account at the beginning of each term.

Students should check the relevant website or guidance booklet (see above) for further information. All students with dependents or students with a disability may also apply for additional funding.

Northern Ireland:

Living Costs for EU (non UK) students

EU students studying in the UK are expected to fund their living costs from their national/local government or from other sources.

EU students can find out more information about funding available to them and the application process at or by reading the guidance booklet (see above), or by contacting the Non UK Team at Student Finance England.

Student Finance Services Non UK Team

PO Box 89
County Durham
Phone: +44 (0)141 243 3570
Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 9am to 5:30pm

Please see our Guildhall School Scholarships page for information on financial support provided by the School.

Funding for Postgraduate & non-EU Undergraduate Students

Headline fees for 2017/18
Undergraduate programmes (non EU/ELQ)  £21,200
Standard, long-year postgraduate programmes (UK/EU)  £9,350
Standard postgraduate programmes (non EU/ELQ)  £21,200

Please note, subsequent years of study will be charged at the rate for that year.

The full tuition fee schedule for 2017/18 is now available.

UK/EU Postgraduate students may be eligible for the Government supported Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,280. For further information, please see our website here.

Postgraduate and non-EU students who are not able to find private sponsorship will need to find alternative means to fund their studies. For many students this will be first time they have to find income to support their educational development, and the School is committed to supporting students during this search. The School expects students to take the initiative in supporting their studies and advises that they should apply to as many sources of funding as possible.

To help students find as many funding opportunities as possible, the School provides guidance on potential sources of external funding such as charities, foundations and educational trusts. In addition, the School also provides information on how to plan and execute a fundraising campaign. Ideally, potential students should consider how they will fund their studies a year prior to starting their studies as many closing dates are between January and March of the previous academic year.

Students applying for external funding should check that the organisation does not already donate money to the School.  You can find a list of current donors here.

Find information about financial support provided by the School.

Guidance booklets for download:

External Funding Checklist: External Funding checklist (40.5 KB)