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Fees and Finance

What matters at Chetham’s is musical potential, not background or ability to pay – around 90% 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 £20,000 per year they will pay only £600 a year 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 2019

MDS, UK & Existing Overseas Students£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee25,8218,607
Boarding Student Fee33,32411,108
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 2019/20 for Music and Dance Scheme aided students (not choristers)
Relevant Income (£ per annum)One Aided Day StudentOne Aided Boarding Student
10,00000
20,000348540
30,0001,3501,683
40,0002,3493,075
50,0003,3784,662
60,0004,6656,462
70,0006,0938,292
80,0007,59310,191
90,0009,09312,186
100,00010,59314,184
110,00012,09316,185
120,00013,59318,186
130,00015,09320,184
140,00016,59322,185
150,00018,09324,186
160,00019,59326,184
170,00021,09328,185
180,00022,59330,186
190,00024,09332,184
200,00025,59333,324 (full fees)
210,00025,821 (full fees)33,324 (full fees)