RCM Scholarships and Awards

The RCM is able to support many students with scholarships, thanks to the generosity of charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and legacies.

Any student who auditions in person for a place at the RCM will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award. You do not need to complete a separate application to be considered for this. Scholarships are offered purely on the merits of your performance at your audition. If you are offered a scholarship or study award you will receive a letter confirming this and the conditions of your award.

A scholarship may be for any amount, up to full tuition fees.  Scholarships may consist of a single up-front payment at the start of the first year, or a continuing award paid at the start of each year of the course.  Students who receive all of their award at the start of their first year still retain the title of "RCM Scholar" for the duration of their course. 

Every scholar is expected to play a full and active role in the life of the College, to act as a good role model for other students, and to be a good ambassador for the RCM.

If the money that pays for your scholarship has been donated by a specific charity, company or individual there may be additional conditions. All recipients of such awards must write to the relevant donors at least once each term. They must also list the award in their biography and attend special events if their donors will be present.

UK and EU undergraduates

  • Scholarships for UK and EU undergraduates may be offset against your tuition fees. 
  • RCM Scholarships do not affect the amount of UK Government student loan funding you can borrow.
  • If you are taking out a UK Government tuition fee loan, you can choose to either:
    • offset your scholarship against your tuition fees (thereby minimising the amount of tuition fee loan needed), or
    • borrow the full amount of tuition fee loan and receive your scholarship as a cash payment to use for your living expenses

Postgraduates

  • Scholarships for postgraduates are normally for tuition fees only (not living costs) and are not given to you directly, but offset against your tuition fees.
  • If you are a UK or EU student starting a Masters degree, RCM Scholarships do not affect the amount of UK Government postgraduate loan you can borrow.

Non-EU students

  • Scholarships for non-EU students are normally for tuition fees only (not living costs) and are not given to you directly, but offset against your tuition fees.

Some Postgraduate and Non-EU scholars may subsequently apply for extra funding, known as a top-up award, each April. To be eligible, you must have raised enough money to at least match the value of your scholarship from your own funds and still have a funding gap of £1,500 or more. Any top-up award is for one year only. If in subsequent years, however, you can again match the amount of the up-front award, you may once again apply for top-up funding on a year-by-year basis.

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