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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.

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Ballerina practicing
A group of Cat performers

GRANTS 2021/22

The fee per student for academic year 2021/22 is £3,802. 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 £31,170 £3,802 nil
£31,171 to £35,327 £3,420 £382
£35,328 to £39,483 £3,040 £762
£39,484 to £43,693 £2,661 £1,141
£43,693 to £47,796 £2,280 £1,522
£47,797 to £51,951 £1,891 £1,911
£51,952 to £56,559 £1,522 £2,280
£56,560 to £60,265 £1,141 £2,661
£60,266 to £64,421 £762 £3,040
£64,422 to £68,575 £382 £3,420
£68,575 and above nil £3,802

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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