Once you’ve bagged yourself a place on the course of your dreams, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re actually going to make it happen. Without sufficient funding, studying a dance or performing arts course is near on impossible. Luckily, there’s loads of support out there to assist you with this.

Find out how to get funding for dance, musical theatre and performing arts courses.


If you’re studying for a degree programme, and are a UK British citizen, you can apply for a government student loan.

How to apply for a government student finance loan:

You’ll need to log into the website every year as you progress through your course.


Some foundation degrees qualify for student government funding, as long as your intention is to progress onto a 3 year BA (hons) degree after your foundation year. This information can be found on your course’s individual website.


Unfortunately most non-degree courses don’t qualify for a student loan, nor are they capped at £9,250 (the usual price of a degree course). Therefore, you’ll need to find your own means of payment. Fortunately, there’s a number of different options you can exhaust to do this:

  • SCHOLARSHIPS: A number of performing arts schools offer scholarships to the most promising auditionees. Usually, you’ll be notified that you’ve either gained a scholarship or are being considered for one, upon acceptance of your place. You may be invited to a scholarship audition after you’ve been given a place on the course, where this will be decided.

  • DANCE AND DRAMA AWARDS (DaDA’s): A DaDA is a scholarship to assist talented students on dance and drama courses, funded by the Learning and Skills Council. A DaDA can help cover both your course fees and living costs, and is available for 17 different schools. The scholarship amount will depend on your household income and the course that you’re applying for. For more info go to

  • PRIVATE FUNDING: Some dancers manage to gain sponsorship or private funding through companies, schools and institutes. Consider contacting your local newspaper, emailing local companies or reaching out to your dance school. The more options you explore, the more likely you are to be successful.

Good luck!

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