International

Most international students will need to fund their studies through a variety of means.  The most common sources of funding for international students are:

1. Own country

A student’s home country is one of the biggest sources of funding, either through companies based there or through the government.  Many countries operate an official student loan scheme for those who wish to study overseas and you should contact the local government office in your home city to see if they can offer you any advice. If you’re already living outside of your home country and require funding most information of this information will be accessible on-line.

You may wish to approach large companies that are based in your home country and write to them asking about financial assistance towards your studies overseas. Please bear in mind that funding from your home country might be awarded on the condition that you come back home to work once you have finished your studies.

Details on funding for applicants from specific countries/regions can be found below:

2. Family

The biggest source of income for most international students still comes from family. As a recent study by the Institute of International Education (IIE) showed, nearly 65% of all international students were funded by their family and relatives.

3. National and International Organisations

There are a small number of organisations that may offer scholarships, grants and bursaries to students choosing to study outside of their home country.  See https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/feesandfunding/external-funding/ for further information.

 

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team available to advise and assist applicants, current students and parents in respect of queries about funding studies at the Conservatoire. Please contact studentfinance@rcs.ac.uk

Australia

The Australian Music Foundation offers financial support to outstanding young Australian musicians who wish to pursue post-graduate music courses in leading music education institutions in Europe. Every year the Foundation makes grants to carefully selected students, whom the Australian Music Foundation believe will excel in their artistry.  Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Canada

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees.  Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered.

China

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees.  Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered.

India

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK.

Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees.  Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered.

Goa Education Trust Scholarships   The GET Scholarships will fund young Indians to pursue a Masters degree in the UK and will cover part or full tuition fees not exceeding GBP 12500. There are no restrictions on courses of study or university.

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships  The awards, which are generally from 2–3 months up to a maximum of a year, cover accommodation and living costs in the UK, fees and a contribution to international fares.  Applicants should be between 25 and 38 years of age and have an unconditional offer for a place on a one-year Masters programme in Performance, e.g. Dance, Drama, Music, Directing.

Indian applicants may also want to search for scholarships via www.buddy4study.com which promotes itself as India’s No.1 scholarship portal.

Norway

Students from Norway can access student loans to study outside of Norway.  Full details can be found at Lanekassen

Singapore

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commissionwebsite above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

USA

US Federal Loans

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an eligible Federal loan institution and our Federal School Code is G30887.

The Direct Loan Program offers the following types of loans and you can find more information via their website

  • Direct Subsidized Stafford: for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined through the outcome of a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods. As of 1st July 2012 subsidized loans are only available for undergraduate students.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford: not based on financial need, interest is charged during all periods even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.
  • Direct PLUS: unsubsidized loans for the parents of dependent students and for graduate/professional students. PLUS loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods.

Visiting students attending the Conservatoire for one or two terms or for a full academic year will apply for Financial Aid through their home institution.  Students wishing to arrange funding for ineligible programmes (such as the Artists Diploma or the Advanced Graduate Diploma in Performance) have the option of arranging a Private Alternative Loan – see the section on Sallie-Mae below.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the CARES Act currently allows programmes which are normally delivered on campus to be delivered online without affecting Federal loan eligibility. For information about temporary interest rate and repayment relief related to the Coronavirus pandemic please refer to Federal Student Aid’s Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers and Parents

If your degree programme involves study outwith the Conservatoire through a partnership arrangement with another Conservatoire (or equivalent), then the following conditions must be satisfied in order to remain eligible for Federal Aid:

  • your study abroad institution must also be a participating and approved Federal Aid (Title IV) School.
  • your study abroad institution must not be in the USA.
  • your study abroad period must account for no more than 25% of your programme of study

International schools that participate in the Federal Student Loan Program

For all other periods of study outwith the Conservatoire  including work placements, periods of independent research and writing up you are urged to check your eligibility for Federal Aid with the International and Student Experience team at international@rcs.ac.uk

If you are studying part time at the Conservatoire this may affect your entitlement for Federal Aid. Periods of study on a less than half-time basis are ineligible.

You may borrow federal funds up to a standard cost of attendance (COA) as the combined maximum of your loans. The COA is comprised of tuition fees and living costs only, minus any Expected Financial Aid (EFA) which includes any bursaries, scholarships, grants and awards, and will be determined by the Conservatoire.  Individual loan types are subject to specific limits which may also depend on your course and year of study. Please note there will be a fee for originating a loan.

Students funding their studies by US Federal Loans will automatically have their enrolment details reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) every two months but if a student not currently in receipt of US Federal Loans wishes to be reported to NSLDS for loan deferment purposes they should international@rcs.ac.uk to request this.

More guidance on applying for US Federal Loans can be found in our US Student Loan Guide 2020-2021

Additional US Loan Policies –

Satisfactory Academic Progress

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Private Alternative Loans
A private alternative loan is a non-federal education loan, through a private lender, typically in the student’s name and requiring a co-signer. Approval and interest rates are based on the creditworthiness of the borrower and co-signer. Each alternative lender has different eligibility requirements, loan rates, terms, and conditions.  Students who are eligible for federal student aid should complete the FAFSA and exhaust all federal loans and scholarship opportunities, before applying for a private alternative loan. Federal student loans generally have more favourable terms and conditions than private loans. The Conservatoire is willing to work with any lender who offers alternative educational loans to students enrolled at Foreign Institutions. Currently we are aware of only one such lender,  Sallie-Mae.

 

 

 

Marshall Scholarship

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Fullbright

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees.  Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered. The scholarships are not available to US students who have already completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in Scotland.

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