Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for each course can be found on the individual course pages, within the Study section.

Funding for Undergraduate Students

Please note that the funding arrangements for students starting in September 2021 have not yet been confirmed. The guidance below is based on the information currently available and is subject to change.

The way in which you apply for student finance and the funding available to you will depend on where you live.

  • If you live in Wales

    If you live in Wales, you can apply to Student Finance Wales for funding. The funding available is made up of tuition fee funding and funding for living costs.

  • If you live in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • If you live in the EU

    The Welsh Government will no longer provide support for EU nationals and their family members. Students who begin a course of higher education on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support or home fee status.

    Students who have already started or who start courses before 1 August 2021 will continue to be eligible for support and home fee status for the duration of their course.

    The Welsh Government intends to provide support for those who will benefit from citizens’ rights (‘Settled Status’) under the EU Withdrawal Agreement. The Welsh Government also intends to support Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

  • If you live outside the UK

    UK authorities are unable to provide financial support for students from outside the UK. We recommend that you contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in your own country for details of scholarship opportunities. You can also contact your nearest British Council office, which will have details of British scholarship schemes.

    The UK Council for International Student Affairs also provides advice on finance, as well as visas and immigration.


Undergraduate Bursaries

In order to qualify for a Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Bursary, students must be eligible for UK student funding support for maintenance and have an assessed household income of below £30,000.

Starting from 2021/22, bursaries of up to £1,200 for first-year undergraduate students will be available annually for the duration of their studies (where they continue to meet the eligibility criteria) as follows:

Household Income Bursary Amount
£0-£18,370 £1200 per annum
£18,371-£30,000 £800 per annum

The Bursary is available on top of government-funded maintenance grants and loans, and will be paid in 3 termly instalments.


How to Apply

You don’t need to apply for a College Bursary. Your eligibility will be determined through the statutory means test conducted by your UK student funding body to determine qualification for state grants and loans.

As part of the conditions of being assessed for a bursary, the College will need to receive your data from your award authority regarding your household income.

Therefore, please note that you will need to ensure that you do not tick the box on the assessment form to withhold consent to share this information if you wish to be considered.

For more details about this Bursary, please contact admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk.


Funding for Postgraduate Students

Securing funding is an important consideration for postgraduate students and we encourage you to start your search for financial support as early as possible.


Postgraduate Student Loans

Eligible students from Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan. Further information is available at the links below:

Other websites and resources


Several scholarship awards, made available thanks to funders and partners of the College, can be applied for once an offer to you has been made. You will be sent further information including information about eligibility once you have been made an offer.

We are delighted to have recently partnered with Bad Wolf and S4C. Both companies are supporting our efforts to increase the diversity of RWCMD’s student community through funding scholarship awards.

Read more about Bad Wolf’s commitment to RWCMD here.

Find out about how S4C are supporting RWCMD here.