Support at East 15

Fees and funding

Fees and Funding

Money matters

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.

If you have any questions about fees and funding that are not answered on this page, contact the Student Finance Team.

Miguel Angelo
Working in an environment with great talented people has pushed me as a creative being and person, in striving to be better. 
Miguel Angelo BA Acting (International) Alumnus

What you need to know


Undergraduate Fees
(Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts and all BA courses)

Our fees for undergraduate courses at East 15 are published here. This site also includes important information about fees for continuing courses, how we use your fees and annual fee changes.

Graduate Fees
(all MA and MFA courses)

A full list of fees is available here. This site also includes information about annual fee changes and tuition fee policies.

Research Degree Fees 

A full list of fees is available here. This site also includes information about annual fee changes and tuition fee policies.

How your fees are used by the University of Essex

Your tuition fees are invested to provide you with a transformational education. To find out more about how the University of Essex uses your tuition fees, click here.

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. 

Please note that the East 15 course deposit is separate to your tuition fees and any other deposit that may be requested by the University of Essex.

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 Management and BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film) have average additional course costs of around £370 
  • The Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts has an average additional course cost of around £300
  • MA Acting has an average additional course cost of around £800
  • MA Theatre Directing has an average additional course costs of around £230

Financial support

Undergraduate UK and EU students

If you require additional financial support you should investigate your options here using the ‘Scholarships Finder’ and ‘Managing Your Money’ pages. You can also contact the Student Information Team via email.

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.

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