Bursaries & Scholarships - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Bursaries & Scholarships

Financial Assistance

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

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

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

UG – Undergraduate student

PG – Postgraduate student

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
  • I.T support (equipment)
  • Free School Lunches during term time

Applications for the Living Allowance Bursary have now closed for 2022/23 and will reopen in July 2023 for support in 2023/24.

We will email all new starters when the application opens for 2023/24 funding.

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:

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 and Independent (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


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

Bursary type

Cash bursary

Further Information

Student Loans Company information:

Care Leavers

Independent Students


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