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Fees & Funding

Fees & Funding, bursaries & awards | ALRA

Please familiarise yourself with the fees information on the “How much will it cost”, before investigating your funding options.

  • Course Fees
  • Funding Options
  • Scholarships and Bursaries

Course fees:

with DaDA paying privately paying privately
with student loan
Three Year Acting North (inc £400 University fee) £0–£7,175>~ £9,650* £3,650*
Three Year Acting South (inc £400 University fee) £0–£7,175>~ £12,885* £6,885*
Postgraduate Acting North (inc £400 University fee)
Five Terms
£0–£7,175>~ £2,270 per term n/a
Postgraduate Acting South (inc £400 University fee) 
Five Terms
£0–£7,175>~ £3,020 per term n/a
Foundation Acting North (full-time course) n/a £5,000* n/a
Foundation Acting South (full-time course) n/a £5,000* n/a

Where can I get help with fees?

ALRA is a private school, working with partners in Further and Higher Education.  Depending on personal circumstances and the course undertaken, students can access funding from a variety of sources.

The Three Year Acting course and the Postgraduate Acting course are part-funded by Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs). 

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at ALRA are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for courses to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. We expect this process to be completed in early 2018. Visit for more information. 

Students on the Three Year Acting course who are not offered Dance and Drama Awards are entitled to apply for a Student Loan to assist them with the cost of tuition.  The maximum tuition fee loan currently available for this course is £6,000.  This leaves a balance of tuition fees to be payable (see table above) from private means.  The amounts vary at ALRA North and ALRA South.

All students who are eligible to receive Student Loan funding are eligible to apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living expenses. The amount you are entitled to depends on your income (or that of your parents), and where you are living while studying, but can be as much as £7,675 at ALRA South, and £5,500 at ALRA North. Students living at home can apply for a maximum of £4,375.

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) are scholarships funded by the Education Funding Agency.  They are awarded by schools to the students who display the most potential to succeed in the profession.  
Applicants are considered for awards as part of their audition, and notified if they have been successful at a later date.

Please note, Dance and Drama Awards and Student Loans have eligibility criteria which must be met in order to receive funding:

      1. Candidates must be UK/EU nationals, and must have been resident in the UK/EU for the three years prior to the start of their course.
      2. Candidates must be under the age of 24 at the start of the course.
      3. Candidates must have a household income of less than £90,000 per year.

Please visit the respective websites for full details.

Dance and Drama Awards:

Student Loans:

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan whileyou are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider identification number is: 1026

There is no funding support available for students on the Foundation Acting course.

All fees are non-refundable. In exceptional circumstances where a student withdraws having made full payment, it may be possible to carry the balance forward for future use subject to approval and at the discretion of the Senior Management Team.

ALRA is committed to assisting students wishing to apply for funding from charitable organisations.

Students are nominated by ALRA for bursaries from the following:

Students are nominated in their second year of study. 

Charitable Foundations

The information given below is specifically about charitable funding, which some students may be able to access.

A word of caution: A number of charities and funding organisations will consider acting students and those taking allied courses for awards, but the majority that do tend to focus on undergraduates. It’s worth applying to those funds which you believe you are eligible for, but be prepared for disappointment. BUT IT IS ALWAYS WORTH TRYING! Funds are usually very limited and competition for help is fierce, so it’s important to submit your application early and include as much information about yourself, your course and your future plans as possible, accompanied by letters of support from ex-teachers, employers and lecturers. It is important that you approach funders whose priorities and concerns match your situation.  

If you require a reference from the Registrar please ensure you hand in all relevant documentation to the office well in advance of the deadline. If you would like the Registrar or Development Officer to look over your application please allow two clear weeks.

It is important to prepare funding applications carefully. In applying to charities and trusts try to be specific - seek advice on writing applications. Consider approaching local businesses or trusts that may support training in the arts.  Try approaching individuals in the profession but remember that well known actors and directors receive hundreds of requests from students every year – what makes your application different?

Enclose SAE - The cost of a stamp could make all the difference!

There are also other routes to gaining funding such as, asking local companies for prizes for a raffle to raise money, and perhaps in return you could offer to put their logo on your tickets. It’s a good idea when approaching individuals like celebrities or even family members, or companies to think about something you could offer in return, although this doesn’t need to be financial; for example, you could offer them ‘fast-track’ tickets to a show you’re in or send out a quarterly newsletter letting them know about your progress.

It can be a good idea to make a leaflet promoting yourself. A good example of this can be seen by visiting the "Advice" section of this website:

and then scrolling down to "Fundraising".


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