Fees and Finance

What matters at Chetham’s is musical potential, not background or ability to pay – around 80% 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 £188,000 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 2022

MDS, UK & Overseas Students (pre-2018 entrants)£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee26,1038,701
Boarding Student Fee33,69011,230
Overseas Students (new entrants from Sep 18)£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee28,1199,373
Boarding Student Fee36,76812,256
Choristers£ per annum£ per term
Day Student Fee10,2513,417
Additional costs (if applicable)£
Acceptance Fee150
Deposit300
Assessment/Audition100
Extra Instrument Tuition939 per annum (313 per term)
Overnight Stay30 per night
Parents' annual contribution to fees 2022/23 for Music and Dance Scheme aided students (not choristers)
Relevant income (£ per annum)Day studentBoarding student
10,00000
20,000333567
30,0001,4431,809
40,0002,5533,279
50,0003,6784,938
60,0005,0286,846
70,0006,5498,766
80,0008,16010,776
90,0009,77112,855
100,00011,37914,964
110,00012,99017,076
120,00014,60119,185
130,00016,20921,294
140,00017,82023,406
150,00019,43725,515
160,00021,03927,624
170,00022,65029,736
180,00024,26131,845
190,00025,86933,690 (full fees)
200,00026,103 (full fees)33,690 (full fees)