Financial Assistance Form Academic Year 2024/25: Applications are now open

Bursaries are awarded to students based on financial need. Funds vary from year to year and the Academy tries to help as many students as it can.

The Academy awarded 192 students with financial assistance bursaries in academic year 2023/24 with most bursary awards in the region of £1,000 to £2,000.

Applications are open to International (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and Home (Postgraduate) students

UK-fee Bachelor Degree students are not usually eligible for Academy bursaries because they can access both tuition fee loans and maintenance support. We are, however, offering maintenance bursaries for UK-fee BMus students in the most challenging financial circumstances.

If you believe you fit this criteria, please contact Christina Jefferson (Student Funding Manager) at

In order to make a successful bursary application you need to demonstrate that you have (or intend to):

  1. Apply for any tuition fee or maintenance loans that are available in your country.
  2. Apply for external funding from as many funds as possible. Click the link below for more information.
  3. Non-UK students need to contact either their own education ministry and/or British Council office for details of possible awards for study abroad.
  4. Be prepared to work during the long Academy vacations.
  5. Outline all other sources of funding

About your request

Please note the following about your request:

Please ensure you complete all questions in the form in full.

Also note that this form is a request only and the Academy cannot guarantee we will be able to provide funding for everyone who applies.

After you have completed the form your application will be discussed by the Bursary Committee, who will make one of three decisions:

  • Bursary awarded: this is likely to be in the region of £1,000 to £2,000.
  • Application on hold: the Committee may postpone making a decision on your application if you are waiting to hear the outcome of external funding applications or require further information
  • Unsuccessful application: the most common reasons for bursary applications being unsuccessful are that the steps above are not demonstrated.

Bursaries are awarded for one academic year only so students need to make a new application if they require bursary support in subsequent years of study.


  • All current students and December offer holders: 22 March 2024
  • Spring offer holders: 31 May 2024

Current students who apply after the deadline and late offer holders, will be reviewed on a case by case basis.