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Costs and Funding

It’s important that financial barriers don’t stand in the way of young people joining the CAT. Therefore students can apply for means-tested grants from the Department for Education’s Music and Dance grant scheme to support the costs of the programme, classes, dance wear, theatre trips and a lot more.

Dancer in mid performance against a purple background
Ballerina practicing
A group of Cat performers

GRANTS 2022/23

The fee per student for academic year 2022/23 is £3,840. This is set by the Department for Education and is a National Grant.


After deducting £2,156 per dependent including the grant holder



Up to £31,481 £3,840 nil
£31,482 to £35,680 £3,454 £386
£35,681 to £39,877 £3,070 £770
£39,878 to £44,129 £2,661 £1,179
£44,130 to £48,273 £2,287 £1,553
£48,274 to £52,470 £1,909 £1,931
£52,471 to £57,124
£1,537 £2,303
£57,125 to £60,867 £1,152 £2,688
£60,868 to £65,065 £769 £3,071
£65,066 to £69,260 £385 £3,455
£69,260 and above nil £3,840

Parental contributions can be paid in three termly instalments, or over ten months by monthly standing order.

To qualify for a national grant, the applicant must have been resident in the British Islands for three years prior, be a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or be a refugee or the child of a refugee (conditions apply).


Students can also apply for financial assistance with travel and dancewear costs. Applications can be made on a yearly basis and assistance is means-tested on the same scale as the grant funding. For example, families who are entitled to a full grant are also entitled to full reimbursement for dancewear and travel costs; families who are entitled to 50% grant are entitled to claim 50% of these costs.


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