The Government has confirmed that in 2018/19
Funding for the DaDA scheme will be approximately £14m
Students who are judged at audition as being the most talented and likely to succeed in the industry will be eligible to apply for means-tested support towards fees and living costs
New students who are offered awards will be funded to the end of their courses
Arrangements for DaDA students who received their awards for courses starting prior to September 2015 will remain unchanged.
Income assessment of the Awards means that support for students from low income households will be increased. For example, a student whose annual household income is under £30,000 will pay no fees for their course. If their household income is under £21,000 they could receive up to a maximum of £5,185 per annum in a grant to help with living costs.
All funding awarded is in the form of a grant not a loan, so it does not need to be paid back in the future.
A student's contribution to fees will be the same irrespective of which DaDA provider s/he chooses to study with.