Bursaries & Scholarships - Northern School of Contemporary Dance
 

Bursaries & Scholarships

Financial Assistance

Students studying from September 2022 onwards will be awarded bursaries under the new NSCD Bursary Award Scheme for the year 2022-23. The NSCD Bursary Award Scheme will also apply to continuing students.

NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship (£25,000 or less)

Who is eligible? 

Home fee-paying undergraduate students who are new to HE

Household income £25,000 or less

How to apply

NSCD will be able to access your household income via the Student Loans Company if you have been means-tested for a maintenance loan and you have clicked that you ‘consent to share’ your information. If we are unable to access the information we require, we will get in touch with each student on an individual basis to let them know what they need to do next.

Value

£1,000 per year for each year of training

Bursary type

Cash bursary

NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship (£25,001 - £35,000)

Who is eligible?

Home fee-paying undergraduate students who are new to HE

Household income £25,001 – £35,000

How to apply

NSCD will be able to access your household income via the Student Loans Company if you have been means-tested for a maintenance loan and you have clicked that you ‘consent to share’ your information. If we are unable to access the information we require, we will get in touch with each student on an individual basis to let them know what they need to do next.

Value

£750 per year for each year of training

Bursary type

Cash bursary

NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship (£35,001 - £42,875)

Who is eligible?

Home fee-paying undergraduate students who are new to HE

Household income £35,001 – £42,875

How to apply

NSCD will be able to access your household income via the Student Loans Company if you have been means-tested for a maintenance loan and you have clicked that you ‘consent to share’ your information. If we are unable to access the information we require, we will get in touch with each student on an individual basis to let them know what they need to do next.

Value

£500 per year for each year of training

Bursary type

Cash bursary

Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursary

Who is eligible?

Home fee-paying undergraduate students who meet the definition of a care leaver or estranged student

How to apply

Self-identify as a care leaver or estranged student and then a formal assessment will take place through NSCD

Value

£1,000 per year for each year of training (in addition to any other awards)

Bursary type

Cash bursary

Overseas Students

Overseas students can apply for a fee waiver of up to £3,000 which is based on household income. If you would like to be considered for a fee waiver either before or after you accept your offer, please email the following information to admissions@nscd.ac.uk. We will then inform you if we are able to offer a bursary and, if so, what amount.

Required information:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Course
  • Annual Household Income: Please provide this amount and state the currency and whether gross or net. NSCD will later ask for documentary proof.
  • Additional Information: Please let us know if there is any additional information that you want to make us aware of.
Estranged Students

NSCD supports applications from estranged students with bursaries for undergraduate students up to £1,000 and in exceptional circumstances for postgraduate students in the form of a means tested fee waiver up to £500. We have provided some useful information below to help you to prepare your application to either Student Finance England (undergraduate applicants) or to NSCD (postgraduate applicants).

Estranged student applications (definition) (from standalone organisation)

Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of their parents due to a breakdown in their relationship – this might be their biological, step or adoptive parents, and sometimes their wider family members.  Estranged students are often similar to care leavers, but have removed themselves without the intervention of the local authority system. These students are reviewed by the Student Loans Company on a case-by-case basis, and the background of each student is carefully examined with references sought from trusted, independent individuals.

Who is not considered ‘estranged’ by the Student Loans Company

Students choosing to live independently where family contact and support may be available is not the same as being estranged. Student Finance England note that you will not be considered estranged simply on the basis that you live separately from your parents, have recently fallen out with your parents, or your parents are unwilling to complete income assessment forms or contribute towards your student finance.

What do I need to provide in order to gain estranged student status?

Going to university as an independent student can be an intimidating process if you are estranged from your parents. This guide put together by the Stand Alone organisation provides information on how your Student Finance application is assessed as an estranged student. It details the supporting documents you will need to send to Student Finance England to confirm your irreconcilable estrangement from your family.

Eligibility:

  1. If you have supported yourself financially for a total of 36 months prior to the start of your course, you can apply to be assessed as an independent student on the grounds of self-support. These months do not have to be consecutive, but you must show you have been earning a sufficient amount to be financially independent
  2. If you don’t know the location of your parents, or they are in a country where it is considered dangerous for you to contact them, you may be awarded independent status. If your parent has a significant mental health problem or health issue that would make it impractical or dangerous for you to contact them, you may also be awarded independent status on these grounds
  3. If you are 25 years old on the first day of the academic year; you are married or in a civil partnership or have been married or in a civil partnership in the past but are now separated; you have a child or dependent or both of your biological or adoptive parents are deceased.

The types of documentation applicants have provided include any of the following:

  • A letter from a member of staff at your school or college which explains that he/she/they knew about the difficult relationship whilst you were at school and your subsequent estrangement.
  • A letter from your doctor explaining that you have consistently and historically reported difficulties associated with your estrangement.
  • A letter from a social worker or local authority that shows they were aware of your difficult situation and/or they allocated you a child protection order.
  • A letter from a counsellor or an organisation such as Stand Alone, National Association of People Abused in Childhood or Karma Nirvana that can vouch for the fact you have been seeking support for your estrangement or disownment.
  • A letter from a housing support worker that may have helped you find accommodation after you left home.
  • A letter from a member of the clergy, a rabbi or imam that explains that he/she was aware of the difficulties in your family and your subsequent estrangement.
  • A statement of incident from the police that shows any call-outs, arrests or cautions involved in the case
  • A forced marriage or FGM order
  • Any court order that shows you have legally tried to distance your biological or adoptive parents through fear of harm or intimidation.

Leverhulme Living Allowance Bursary

In addition to the NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship we have the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust which enables us to award Leverhulme Living Allowance Bursaries through the Leverhulme Arts Scholarships programme.

The support from the Leverhulme Trust is to support:

  • scholarships to enable excellent individuals to develop their talent, and/or
  • scholarships to enable excellent individuals to access the arts or to continue their studies during financial hardship, and/or
  • awards which support the search for new talent and excellence via structured outreach activities

Living Allowance Bursaries have in the past have supported students at Northern School with the following:

  • Monthly grocery vouchers
  • Funds towards basic living expenses
  • I.T support (equipment)
  • Free School Lunches during term time

 

TO APPLY

Once you have read all the information above all new students and returning students can apply for financial assistance from NSCD by submitting the following application form: https://www.nscd.ac.uk/financial-assistance-student-application-form/. Funding is limited and decisions will be based on household income and personal circumstances.

DEADLINE: For a decision on financial assistance before the start of the 2022/23 academic year applications should be submitted by 31st July 2022

The application will remain open until the end of September 2022.

If you have any queries please email: financial.assistance@nscd.ac.uk