Tuition Fees

Find out how much tuition fees are and what financial support is available.

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Tuition fees pay for the cost of teaching, assessment, validation, the facilities, support and administration of your course. 

Key points

  • Most students will not have to pay any tuition fees whilst studying. 

  • Tuition fee loans are available, which are only paid back once you earn over £26,575 per year.

Find out more below.

Home UK/EU Students

Tuition fees for students starting in 2020/21

  • BA (Hons) Music and Performing Arts courses (single, combined and foundation year) - £9,250 per year
  • Foundation Degrees - £9,250 per year 

The fees are per academic year and may be subject to government-approved increases in future years.

Please note that these pages apply to those who qualify as Home or EU students. If you are an international student, please click here.  If you are not sure of your tuition fee status, please see for further guidance. 

EU students: The UK Department for Education confirmed on 28th May 2019, that EU students commencing study in 2020 will remain eligible to pay the same tuition fee as UK Home students, and will remain eligible for the existing tuition fee loan scheme, for the duration of their studies, regardless of whether Brexit has been implemented.  No decision has been made for those commencing after 2020.


Tuition fee loan

Home and EU students don't have to pay any tuition fees up-front, or while you're studying. 

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company and the fee will be paid directly to the conservatoire on your behalf. Tuition fee loans are not means tested. 

You can borrow any amount up to the full cost of your tuition fees.

How and when to apply for a tuition fee loan

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to cover living costs at the same time. The application process usually opens around February or March before you commence study in the September. The deadline for on time applications for new students is around the end of May each year. 

The application process depends on where you live. 

To start your application, click where you live: 

Most applicants apply for Student Finance via an online application process and each student has an individual account for the duration of their studies, and also during the repayment period. 

EU students are currently required to use a paper form. It’s one single application process for tuition fee loans and living costs support.  

For information about Maintenance Loans for living costs and other loans and grants, visit our Living Costs page.

Interest on Tuition fee loans and maintenance loans

Interest is charged on both types of student loan, from the date on which it is paid.

Whilst studying, the interest is calculated as Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 3%. After graduation, the interest is charged at a rate dependent on your earnings, based on RPI plus between 0% and 3%.

Repaying your tuition fee loan

When do I start repaying?
You are required to start repaying loans for fees and living costs in the financial year after you graduate. 

Do I have to earn a certain amount of money?
Yes, you only start repaying loans if your annual income is above £26,575. 

How do I repay?
Repayments are collected monthly through the UK tax system by HMRC, or through your annual self –assessment if you are self-employed. 

How much do I have to pay?
The repayment rate is 9% of your income above the first £26,575, regardless of how much you have borrowed. 

If, after 30 years you have not repaid the full amount, the remainder of the loan will be written off. 

Repayment examples

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Eligibility for student loans

To be eligible for student finance you must meet certain residence criteria. To apply, (England residents) you must:

  • be a UK national or have settled status (that is, no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK);
  • normally live in England; and
  • have been living in the UK for at least three years before the first day of your course.

You might still be able to apply, if you’re:

  • an EU national, or a relative of one;
  • a refugee, or a relative of one;
  • under Humanitarian Protection, or a relative of someone under Humanitarian Protection;
  • an EEA/Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one;
  • the child of a Swiss national; or
  • the child of a Turkish worker.

There are similar rules in place for those who are resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you normally live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you should contact the education authority on your island to apply for student finance.

Can I get a loan if I have already studied at Higher Education level?

Your eligibility for all types of Student Finance may be affected if you have previously studied at Higher Education level, regardless of the amount of funding you received or the length of study.

If you need further advice on this matter, please contact

If you already hold an equivalent level qualification from any country, to the one you are proposing to study, you may not be eligible for any funding.

If you think this may affect you, please contact

Do I have to take a tuition fee loan?

No, you don’t have to take a tuition fee loan.

It is possible to take a loan for part of the fee and pay the rest yourself if you wish, or if you prefer not to apply for a tuition fee loan at all, you can pay the full fee directly to the conservatoire in 3 instalments.  Information about exactly when and how to pay the fees, is sent to those who have accepted an offer at Leeds College of Music.

As Student Loan repayments are only calculated according to your earnings, and are not dependant on how much you borrow,  think carefully about your reasons for paying up front.

There’s some excellent advice for students on this topic, on Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website.

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As well as talks specific to the courses you're interested in, you can also chat to members of our Student Support Team about your application, support for students with disabilities, tuition fees and more.

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