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The New DaDA Scheme 2013

The New DaDA Scheme 2013

11 June 2013

Changes to Dance and Drama Awards funding for full-time and drama courses

If you have students who are thinking of applying for full-time training please ask them to check these details carefully.

The new Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) scheme 2013

Following a review of the scheme in 2012, the Government has confirmed that in 2013/14:

  • funding for the DaDA scheme will remain at approximately £14m per year;
  • students who are the most talented and likely to succeed in the industry will be eligible to apply for means-tested support towards fees and living costs;
  • new students who are offered awards will be funded until the end of their courses;
  • arrangements for DaDA students who received their awards for courses starting prior to 2013 will remain unchanged.

Income assessment of the awards means that support for students from low income households will be increased. For example, a student whose annual household income is under £30,000 will pay no fees for their course. If their household income is under £21,000, they could receive up to a maximum of £5,185 per annum in a grant to help with living costs.

Details of the levels of support available are published on the Department for Education website, www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeoplestudentsupport/a00203099/dada-scheme, and on the DaDA info website, www.dadainfo.org.uk, under ‘Income Bands.’ 

All funding awarded is in the form of a grant not a loan, so it does not need to be paid back in the future. A student’s contribution to fees will be the same irrespective of which DaDA provider they choose to study with.

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