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Fees and Awards


‘It was amazing to come to a place where I thought everyone was going to be very snotty and posh — and to find other people of my age who just loved singing as well and were just normal — was amazing. So it’s a brilliant place and I definitely wouldn’t be here without it’ Katherine Jenkins television interview with Piers Morgan, October 2009


‘The performances were excellent… with vigour and authority by the Royal Academy of Music students’ Sunday Times, February 2008


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Application Fees Application fee: £95 (or £105 after the advertised closing date). Application fee for auditions in North America: £150 sterling. Application fee for auditions in Asia: Refer to local audition co-ordinator.


The Academy accepts payments by sterling cheque, UK postal order, bank transfer (see www.ram.ac.uk/payment-fees for bank details) or credit/debit card. If you withdraw before attending the audition, you will not be entitled to a refund. Applications sent after the advertised deadline must include the late fee and may be placed on a waiting list for an audition.


Tuition Fees Annual fees for full-time programmes for 2012–2013 have not yet been determined. Fees for 2011–2012, which are likely to rise, are:


Home/EU International/ ELQ


BMus MA MMus £3,375 * £18,100


*please see the paragraph ‘BMus Home / EU fees’ in the following column.


£8,500 £18,750 £9,500 £19,300


MMus (Intensive 1-year) £11,150 £21,600 MPhil/PhD


Advanced Diploma Year-In


[Year Abroad


Organ Foundation Musical Theatre


Musical Direction


£5,000 £11,200 £13,000 £13,000 £9,100 £18,750


£9,100 £9,100 ] £9,100 £18,750 £12,100 £12,100


£6,400 £6,400


Estimated average living costs: £11,000 per academic year.


BMus Home / EU fees From 2012–13 the Academy expects to charge new increased fees in response to recent significant changes in British government policy (see www.bis.gov. uk/studentfinance). These changes will enable the Academy to offer significant new scholarships and bursary assistance, including our participation in the National Scholarship Programme. This enhanced financial assistance goes hand-in-hand with further expansion of the Academy’s long- standing and successful outreach activities — including major new initiatives in Open Academy and Junior Academy.


Scholarships Entrance scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to selected candidates following audition. The Academy prides itself on being able to accept students purely on the basis of their potential and talent, and will therefore try to help deserving candidates as much as possible. The amount available for scholarships varies from year to year, with some funding coming from the Academy’s own endowments and the rest secured through the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations.


Each year the Academy offers to international students one Undergraduate and one Postgraduate Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Scholarship, covering fees and part-maintenance for the duration of undergraduate programmes, and for one or two years for postgraduate programmes.


See www.ram.ac.uk/scholarships


Financial Assistance The Academy may be able to assist some students (normally postgraduates and full- fee paying international students) towards the costs of their fees and living expenses. Details will be sent with your offer letter. Enrolled students who experience difficulties with living costs may also seek assistance from the Academy’s ‘Hardship’ funds.


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Awards and Loans for BMus students from the UK and European Union Candidates with UK or EU fee status who are applying for the BMus programme should visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance to be assessed for a tuition fee loan before their audition. UK-fee candidates can also be assessed for maintenance awards. These awards are administered through the Student Loans Company.


Similar arrangements exist for EU (non- UK) students, who can apply for a tuition fees loan through www.direct.gov.uk/ studentfinance. (Maintenance awards are available only to UK students).


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) The AHRC has awarded the Royal Academy of Music a Block Grant Partnership. AHRC funding for postgraduate study provides a significant contribution towards tuition fees and support for living expenses. Please see www.ram.ac.uk/scholarships for details.


Payment of Tuition Fees Most European Union students will be entitled to pay fees at the ‘home’ rate provided they have not already gained a qualification at the same level as the programme they are joining, and meet certain residency conditions which are detailed at www.ram.ac.uk, www.ukcisa. org.uk and in the notes sent out with application forms.


Annual fees are normally payable in advance with a 25% deposit due in mid-April (31st January for candidates auditioned in Asia in November) and the balance due by the middle of August.


Certification of Fees If you accept a place you must sign a written assurance, countersigned by a Guarantor, that you will pay the appropriate fees and have sufficient financial resources to cover living costs for your entire programme of study.


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