Support at East 15

Fees and funding

Fees and funding at East 15

Money matters

See the links below to find out more about our fees and financial support.


Comprehensive information about tuition fees for our courses, financial support including Student Loans, money management and financial regulations for international students can be found here.

East 15 Acting School - Fees, Funding and Additional Costs (PDF) 

Should you have any questions, contact details for the Student Finance Team can be found at the bottom of this page.

East 15 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

Throughout your course you will be encouraged to purchase scripts, equipment and kit that will support your studies. Students are also encouraged to attend a number of professional performances. Details relating to these additional costs vary by year and by course. 

The average additional costs for undergraduate courses is around £560, and for postgraduate courses, around £610. 

There is some further variation in additional course-related costs for the following courses:-

  • BA Stage Production and BA Creative Producing have average additional course costs of around £370 
  • The Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts has an average additional course costs of around £300
  • MA Acting has an average additional course costs of around £800
  • MA Theatre Directing has an average additional course costs of around £230

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, and students with refugee status. 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. 

International students

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

For information about the cost of living at both our Loughton and Southend Campuses, we recommend that you visit our Cost of Living page.

Get in touch
Student Finance Contact the Student Finance team to discuss any questions that you have:
Telephone: 01206 873666