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Fees and Finance

What matters at Chetham’s is musical potential, not background or ability to pay – around 85% of students receive up to full funding through the Department for Education (DfE). This is made possible by the Government’s Music & Dance Scheme (MDS), designed to enable young, talented musicians and dancers to receive full time education and training at a specialist school irrespective of parents’ financial means.

If you are offered a place at Chetham’s your parents will be asked to provide their income details to the Bursar who will then calculate what their annual contribution to the fees will be. As a rough guide, if your parents earn less than £13,000 per year they will pay nothing towards your boarding fees and education. If your parents earn over £196,000 a year then they will be asked to pay full fees. Everyone in between has to contribute on a sliding scale.

This scheme does not apply to Choristers or overseas students.

A summary of fees is below, whilst additional detail can be found in the Fees Information document. If you have additional questions, please contact the Bursar, Mrs Sarah Newman via her PA, Mrs Joan Grimes, on 0161 838 7211.

Fees from 1 September 2021

MDS, UK & Existing Overseas Students£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee25,8468,615
Boarding Student Fee33,35711,119
Overseas Students (new entrants from Sep 18)£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee27,3009,100
Boarding Student Fee35,69711,899
Choristers£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee9,9543,318
Additional costs (if applicable)£
Acceptance Fee145
Deposit300
Assessment/Audition90
Extra Instrument Tuition894 per annum (298 per term)
Overnight Stay30 per night
Parents' annual contribution to fees 2021/22 for Music and Dance Scheme aided students (not choristers)
Relevant income (£ per annum)Day studentBoarding student
10,00000
20,000321519
30,0001,3291,662
40,0002,3403,045
50,0003,3724,617
60,0004,6386,426
70,0006,0938,250
80,0007,57210,161
90,0009,08112,150
100,00010,59314,160
110,00012,10216,170
120,00013,61118,180
130,00015,12320,190
140,00016,63222,200
150,00018,14124,210
160,00019,65326,220
170,00021,16228,230
180,00022,67130,240
190,00024,18332,250
200,00025,69233,357 (full fees)
210,00025,846 (full fees)33,357 (full fees)