Fees and financial assistance for full time courses

No potential student should be deterred from applying to The Royal Ballet School due to lack of financial means. Over 90% of students are supported financially in some form with over 25% paying no fees at all.

Students who meet the criteria can access financial support through the Music and Dance Scheme. For those students who don’t meet the Music & Dance Scheme criteria, a limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available.

Music and dance scheme

Those students who meet the age and residency requirements are able to access UK government funding through the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. The Scheme is designed to enable young, talented dancers and musicians to receive full-time education and training at a specialist school irrespective of their parents’ financial means. Students who have lived in the UK for two calendar years commencing 1st January and are under the age of 20 on the first day of the academic year can access means tested financial assistance for tuition and boarding fees. Holding a British passport does not allow students to access this funding.M&D-logo


Students who have lived in the European Economic Area for three calendar years commencing 1st January, who are over the age of 16 and under the age of 20 on the first day of the academic year can access means tested funding for tuition fees only.  Students in this category may also be able to access bursary support for living costs. For household on the lowest incomes, grants are also available for travel and uniform costs. Further information about the Scheme can be found on the Department for Education’s website.

Scholarships and bursaries

The school has a number of bursaries and scholarship available each year. This type of funding is not available to Lower School students unless in the most exceptional of circumstances. Bursaries and scholarships are for the most part means tested and capped at the same level as funding from the Music & Dance Scheme. All scholarships and bursaries are awarded entirely at the Director’s discretion.


More information

We would always encourage the parents of potential students to discuss the financial implications of accepting a place at the School prior to applying.   All conversations are confidential and have no bearing on the outcome of an audition.

For further information please email finance@royalballetschool.org.uk or telephone 020 7836 8899 and ask for the Finance Department.