Bursaries & Scholarships - Northern School of Contemporary Dance
 

Bursaries & Scholarships

Bursaries

Students already enrolled and those starting in September 2021 should refer to the CDD Fees and Finance webpages for information about bursaries being awarded for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

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.

 

Award Who is eligible? How it is allocated How to apply Value Bursary type
NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship Home Fees undergraduates students who are new to HE Household income £25,000 or less Income assessment through Student Finance or through NSCD £1,000 per year for each year of training Cash bursary
NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship

 

Home Fees undergraduates students who are new to HE Household income £25,001 – £35,000 Income assessment through Student Finance or through NSCD £750 per year for each year of training Cash bursary
NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship Home Fees undergraduates students who are new to HE Household income £35,001 – £42,875 Income assessment through Student Finance or through NSCD £500 per year for each year of training Cash bursary
Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursary Home Fees students on all undergraduate programmes who meet the definition of a care leaver or estranged student Awarded to all eligible students 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) Cash bursary

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.