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The Government has confirmed that in 2020/21


  • 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 2018 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.


Details of the levels of support available are published on the GOV.UK and on this website under INCOME BANDS


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.

DADA 2020/21

English National Ballet School - A Dancers Lens
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