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Money matters


Our tuition fees are listed with our undergraduate, postgraduate and short/summer course listings.

Course Deposit

All applicants that are offered a place at East 15 are required to pay a £300 course deposit. Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions for this payment.

Additional costs

Please note that East 15 students are asked to source additional scripts, equipment and kit. Details of recommended kit/equipment will be made available prior to registration, with information about specific scripts being provided throughout the academic year.

Students are also encouraged to attend a number of field trips and professional performances throughout the year.

Details relating to additional costs vary by year and by course, however, students are advised to set aside a sum in the region of £350 per academic year.

Student loans

UK and EU undergraduate students do not need to pay tuition fees at the start of the course, as the UK government provides a tuition fee loan which you only start to repay once you graduate and are earning at least £21,000. The repayment is on 9% of income above £21,000 and all outstanding repayments will be written off after thirty years.

Evidence of funds

International students are asked to produce evidence of their ability to pay tuition fees and cover living expenses during the course, either by means of a government scholarship, other award, or from private funds. If you require a student visa, the UK Border Agency currently requires satisfactory evidence of funds of £600 per month or £5,400 per year for living expenses, in order to process your application. Find out more about the current UK Home Office Visa and immigration requirements.

Financial support

Undergraduate UK and EU students

For UK students financial support is available based on your household income. If your household income is below the amount set by the Government, you should be eligible for a non-repayable grant. You can apply for a maintenance loan to help cover your living costs. For 2017-2018 theses are estimated to be between £7,250 to £10,000.

If you are an EU student we encourage you to research financial support offered in your home country. You may find that national grants or loans, provided by your government or local careers service, can be taken abroad and used to study outside your country. In addition to this, you can work part-time to support the cost of your studies.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of financial packages to support students, including those from lower income households. Additional support for UK students includes bursaries for care leavers, students with refugee status, and students from lower income households studying on a year abroad, industrial or voluntary placement. Use our online Scholarship Finder to search for funding opportunities.

Previous study

If you have previously studied at a higher education institution before, this may affect the amount of financial support available to you. To find out more, contact our Student Funding Team at

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

DSA is a non-repayable grant to provide assistance with specialist equipment, materials and course costs to support students with disabilities. If you have a disability contact the Student Support team at the University of Essex to apply for funding, ideally before you start your studies at East 15. If you declare your disability on your UCAS application form you will be contacted by Student Support. 

Postgraduate UK and EU students

When you accept a postgraduate place at East 15 we automatically send you details of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The Howard Lloyd Lewis Scholarship (£500 to £1,000 per year)
  • East 15 Acting School Annual Prizes (£500 to £1,000 per year)

International students

You may be eligible for University scholarships and bursaries, funding from charities and trusts or support from your national government. Our programmes are recognised by the US Department of Education, so US students may eligible to apply for a federal direct loan.

Managing your money

Most students have to live on a low income and this can be challenging. Find out how you can manage your money whilst studying.

Living expenses

The minimum living expenses in 2017-18, for a single student, are estimated to be between £7,250 and £10,000, for a 39-week course. This includes the cost of a single room in University-provided accommodation and an allowance to cover food and other necessary expenses.

Further information

See the University’s student finance information or contact the Student Finance team to discuss any questions that you have: