How to Pay

Guidance and information regarding methods of payment during the 2023/24 academic year is available in the How to Pay 2023/24 document.

Financing your Studies

Whichever programme of study you choose, you will need to plan for the financial side of your studies. In the following, we try to give some indication of which fees and expenses you are likely to expect.

Even if you receive maintenance support from the UK government or a sponsor, the first payment to you may not be in time for you to cover accommodation or travel costs. For any type of study, it may be useful for you to prepare a budget and to start saving for your studies well ahead of time.

Before the start of your programme, our Finance Department or, if you are a Certificate in Dance Teaching (Ballet) student, your national RAD office, will send you an invoice for the tuition fees by email. The Terms and Conditions for your programme of study are below. It is your responsibility to make sure your fees and all expenses relating to your programme are paid in full and on time.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021/22 academic year. The OfS started publishing providers on its Register from July 2018 and the RAD was accepted onto the register in January 2019.

Should you apply for student loans for Higher Education from the UK government, please ensure that you send Registry the relevant confirmation ahead of your first day of study. You will find further information and advice on the availability and application process for student loans on the government’s student finance pages.

We also have a limited number of bursaries and scholarships available to students, one of which is the Iris Truscott Scholarship, which is awarded to a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies graduate (until 2024) and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance student in support and encouragement of their continued professional development as ballet teachers. To find out more about Iris Truscott and the Trust created in her name, please download her biography.

If someone else sponsors you and pays all or part of the tuition fee for you, please let us know if your sponsor requires a separate invoice. You are responsible for payment in case your sponsor does not pay your tuition fee.

Graduates of the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies may apply for a place on BA (Hons) Dance Education and enter the programme at FHEQ Level 5. BADE tuition fees will be charged for the relevant levels of study. For FHEQ Level 5, the part-time tuition fee for the academic year will be charged, i.e. 50% of the full-time fee for the academic year and level. For FHEQ Level 6, the full tuition fee will be charged either for full-time or part-time study. Before the end of Semester 2 of studying FHEQ Level 5, students should inform Registry whether they would like to study FHEQ Level 6 full-time or part-time so that the appropriate tuition fee amount can be invoiced.

Assessment Fees

If you are to re-take an assessment, a re-sit fee per failed module applies. The re-sit fee for re-taking a failed module without attendance is currently £150 per module, irrespective of how many individual assessment elements are re-taken. It is the same fee per module for all programmes of study and are not normally refundable.

The re-sit fee for re-taking a failed module with attendance is based on the individual cost of the module. For details, please contact Registry. Please refer to the Attendance Policy for information on re-sitting with or without attendance.

Students on all programmes normally pay the re-sit fee in Pound Sterling to RAD headquarters in London. Distance-learning students in Germany enrolled on the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies or Certificate in Dance Teaching (Ballet) or the Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate pay the re-sit fee in Euros to RAD Germany directly.

Graduate Discounts

Faculty of Education graduates who go on to study for a postgraduate award delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance or further study of an RAD award can benefit from a 10% reduction in tuition fees.

The 10% discount is available for students who start their programme of study on or after 1 August 2018 and will be applied to their tuition fees for the full duration of the programme. To find out if you are eligible for a discount for further study, please read the Graduate Discounts criteria. 

Undergraduate Loans (Home Students)

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying on a designated course. Courses at higher education providers are designated each year by the Department for Education.

Visit the Office for Students website for more information on specific course designation, eligibility for undergraduate and postgraduate student support, disabled students’ allowance and the OfS Register.

Postgraduate Loans (Home Students resident in England)

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at alternative providers are designated each year by the Department for Education.

Visit the Office for Students for more information on specific course designation, eligibility for undergraduate and postgraduate student support, disabled students’ allowance and the HEFCE Register.

There are alternative options for seeking postgraduate funding. See examples below:

Postgraduate Funding

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Application Service

Students in England and Wales starting a postgraduate Master’s course from 1 August 2018 can apply now for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.

English-domiciled students should apply at

Welsh-domiciled students should apply at

Electronic Signatures

English and Welsh-domiciled students applying online for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from academic year 2021/22 will now submit their Online Terms and Conditions (OTC) via their online account with an Electronic Signature (E-Signature).

E-Signatures remove the need for students to send forms in the post and reduces the time it takes to process and assess students’ funding applications.

Continuing Students

Students only need to apply once for the Postgraduate Master’s Loan as the application and funding is for the whole of their programme. Students who will be entering a second, third or fourth year of study will receive a letter from the Student Loans Company (SLC) confirming their payments for academic year 2023/24.


The SLC has created a range of resources for students in relation to what they can get, how they apply and what evidence they need to complete their application. Please see the links below:

Find out more about postgraduate loans.

International Students

If you are from outside the UK and none of the above applies to you, you will be eligible for International fee status. Note that this fee status can apply to UK passport holders who are living abroad, although some exceptions apply.

Hardship and Bursary Funding

We are committed to providing support to students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge by beginning or continuing with existing study. The limited bursaries and hardship funds that we have available will assist those most in need, to ensure the widest participation of students in our programmes.

The Hardship and Bursary Funding Policy with information on hardship support and available bursaries can be found under Policies and Procedures. Please use the application form appropriate to your chosen bursary:

Terms and Conditions