Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Awards

Guildhall School Scholarships

Guildhall School Scholarships

The School is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and students are admitted solely on the basis of merit. In light of this, the School does its best to ensure that no student offered a place is prevented from enrolling on the grounds of financial hardship.

The School offers a wide range of scholarships to students regardless of domicile. These scholarships are supported by a variety of generous donors including City Livery companies, grant-making trusts and foundations, businesses and individuals.

A scholarship award may be made to cover either the full or partial costs of tuition fees, and may also include support for maintenance costs. Awards are made to individuals on the basis of their talent, potential and personal financial need. The School allocates in excess of £2million per annum to such eligible students.

All students who accept a place at the School can apply for scholarship support. Further details about eligibility and how to apply will be provided once you have accepted an offer of study. 

All scholarships must be applied for on an annual basis and continuing students will need to apply for each year that they are enrolled at the School. For some courses, a scholarship award may be given at the point of offer of a place at the School where outstanding ability is demonstrated at audition.

The School has a range of named scholarship awards, such as those highlighted below, but all scholarship applicants are considered through the aforementioned process and cannot apply directly for specific awards.

There are no cash scholarships available for the PGCert. There are a limited number of partial tuition fee waivers, with priority given to Guildhall School staff (including CYM and partnership Hubs) and those who are assessed as overseas fee level.

Full Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2021/22

Named Scholarships

Named Scholarships

Access Bursary & Hardship Fund

Guildhall Access Bursary

Some UK undergraduate students from low-income households will be able to apply for the Guildhall Access Bursary for 2021/22. A maximum of 30 bursaries of between £3,000 and £5,000 a year will be awarded to students who:

  • Are recent care leavers
  • Estranged from their family
  • Have a declared disability
  • Have independent student status
  • Have a home postcode at the point of application which meets POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2

Students will be expected to apply directly for this award, provide evidence to support their eligibility and should reapply each year. For further details, including detailed eligibility and how to apply, please see the  Access Bursary Policy.

Access Bursary Policy.pdf

When you provide evidence for your application, such as your Loan Entitlement Letter from the Student Loans Company (SLC), this will be processed according to our data protection policy and information about how your data is used is explained in the SLC Privacy Notice.

School Hardship Fund

The School endeavours to support students who find themselves in financial difficulties. Under normal circumstances students are expected to have arranged sufficient funding prior to the commencement of their programme. However, if a student experiences an unforeseen change of circumstances they may qualify for an award to help them overcome their immediate financial difficulties. 

Please note that the Hardship Fund is not able to help with tuition fee debt to the School and all students must be fully enrolled in order to apply.

For more information, please visit the Student Affairs page.