Grants and Fees

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department Of Education (DfE). The financial support available to families are means-tested grants dependent on the household income.
 
FEE/ GRANT INFORMATION 2018/2019:
The DfE offer grants which are means-tested based on family’s annual earnings per tax year, with deductions and allowances made for dependents in accordance with their guidelines.
 
Families’ financial circumstances are reviewed annually and support is available to families whose income falls below £66,499 per annum (2017/2018). Students who are eligible and who make sufficient progress will be entitled to receive financial assistance until they graduate or exit from the programme.
 
To qualify for a MDS national grant the applicant must have been resident in the British Islands for three years prior, be a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or be a refugee of the child of a refugee (conditions apply).

Music and Dance Scheme grants are available to dancers entering the programme aged between 11 and 16.

78% of families receive financial support from the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme

48% of students receive full-grants for their training
 

Grants are means-tested based on family’s annual earnings per tax year, with deductions and allowances made for dependents in accordance with the Department for Education’s guidelines. Families’ financial circumstances are reviewed annually and support is available to families whose income falls below £67,163 per annum. Students who are eligible and who make sufficient progress, will be entitled to receive financial assistance until they graduate or exit from the programme.

To qualify for a MDS national grant the applicant must have been resident in the British Islands for three years prior, be a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or be a refugee of the child of a refugee (conditions apply).
 
Means-testing income bands and relevant family contributions for 2018/19
 

Family Income

Maximum amount of grant

Family Contribution

up to £30,529

£3, 723

nil

£30,530 to £34,600

£3,350

£373

£34,601 to £38,671

£2,977

£746

£38,672 to £42,741

£2,606

£1,117

£42,742 to £46,811

£2,233

£1,490

£46,812 to £50,882

£1,861

£1,862

£50,883 to £54,954

£1,490

£2,223

£54,955 to £59,024

£1,117

£2,606

£59,025 to £63,095

£745

£2,978

£63,096 to £67,163

£374

£3,349

£67,164 or more

nil

£3,723

 
Fees contribute to external training, travel, accommodation, dance wear and other activities depending on each individual centres policy.
 
The above information is taken directly from the National Dance CATs Website: www.nationaldancecats.co.uk
 
For more information specific to The Lowry’s CAT Scheme, please email CAT@TheLowry.com