Bursaries & Scholarships

Financial Assistance

Northern School of Contemporary Dance has five main strands of financial assistance for our students:

  • The NSCD Bursary
  • The Leverhulme Living Allowance
  • Tuition Fee Waivers
  • Care Leaver & Estranged Students Bursary
  • Refugee Bursary

The table indicates who is eligible for each strand of financial assistance:

UG – Undergraduate student

PG – Postgraduate student

Applications for Financial Assistance are open for 2023/24.

Financial Assitance
NSCD Income-Assessed Bursary


Who is eligible? 

Home fee-paying undergraduate students who are new to HE with a household income below £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.


Between £500 – £1,000 – dependent on household income:



Bursary type

Cash bursary

* Household income in all cases is based on income of parents unless the student is meets the independent student test (see link in Independent Student section below)

Leverhulme Living Allowance Bursary



Leverhulme Living Allowance Bursaries

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

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

  • Monthly grocery vouchers
  • Funds towards basic living expenses
  • Free School Lunches during term time

Applications for the Living Allowance Bursary are now open for 2023/24 for new starters and returning students. See ‘How to Apply’ below.

If students have queries or require financial support please contact Student Services:  student.services@nscd.ac.uk


Fee Waiver

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 accounts.nscd@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.

The table below indicates the level of a Fee Waiver that may be given dependent on household income:

Fee Waivers


NSCD undergraduate students who are accepted on the NSCD MA Contemporary Dance Performance will be offered an additional fee waiver of £500 from their MA Course fees.

* Household income in all cases is based on income of parents unless the student is meets the independent student test (see link in Independent Student section below)

Care Leaver, Independent (Estranged) 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


£1,000 per year for each year of training.

Bursary type

Cash bursary

Further Information

Student Loans Company information:

Care Leavers

Independent Students


Refugee Bursary

Who is eligible?

All students who qualify as having one of the following legal statuses:

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILD) holders
  • Humanitarian Protection holders
  • Refugees, i.e. those granted official ‘refugee’ status and the related leave to remain as evident from a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) confirmatory letter

How to apply

Disclose status at application or any later stage and then a formal assessment will take place through NSCD.


£1,000 per year for each year of training.

Bursary type

Cash bursary

Further Information

Student Action for Refugees


Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding – especially charities – which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.

The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. Northern School has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all students and staff to use. You can log on using your NSCD email address by visiting:  www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway

If you are due to start as a student at NSCD and would like to access this resource you can contact us for a pin number which will allow you access. Please contact admissions@nscd.ac.uk

How to apply

Application process

The application for support throughout 2023/24 is now open.

Deadline for support for 2023/24: 30 September 2023

Please note that any applications that were submitted after 31 July will not be considered until after 30 September and support will not be put into place until the beginning of November.

If you submitted an application before 31 July you can expect to receive an outcome by 1 September.


Apply here

Financial Assistance: Student Application Form

Are you a new or returning student?(Required)
Are you a home fee-paying or overseas fee-paying student?(Required)
Are you a care leaver?(Required)
In relation to student finance, a care leaver is defined as a young person who meets all of the below criteria:
  • They have been in the care of, or have been given accommodation by, their local authority
  • Their time in care lasted at least 13 weeks
  • Their time in care ended after they turned 16
  • They have not returned to the care of their parent(s) prior to the first day of the first academic year of their course
Further info here
Are you an independent student or estranged? (Check guidance below)(Required)
You're classed as an independent student if:
  • you're 25 or older
  • you have a child
  • you have no living parents
  • you are or have been married or in a civil partnership
  • you've supported yourself for three years
  • you're estranged from your parents
Further info here
Have you applied for a loan through the Student Loan Company (SFE, SAAS, SFW, SFNI)?(Required)
If you have applied for a maintenance loan, have you shared your household income?(Required)
This enables us to verify your household income and therefore make this process quicker. Before making awards, we will need to verify household income, if you cannot do this through a student finance portal we will be in touch to confirm the required documentation to enable us to assess your application.

Household Income

NSCD financial assistance is awarded based on need through the verification of household income and taking into account personal circumstances
Please indicate to the best of your knowledge your current household income per annum:(Required)