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Programme / Course Fees 2017/18

ACM London Higher Education programmes

Degree Programmes course fee
£9,000 per year. Student loans are available.

Student Loans (Higher Education Programmes) – ACM London

If you are in receipt of an offer to join us on a Higher Education Programme of study at ACM London, it is very important that you start (if you have not already started) your application for Student Finance at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait for your final exam grades. Apply early. It is much easier to make changes or even cancel an existing Student Loan application than it is to apply late and experience a delay in funding.

If you are from England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland: Make sure that you have your Passport, ID, National Insurance number and bank details to hand, then start your application here.

At the end of the application process, there is a page for you to print off, sign and post to the relevant Student Finance provider in your region (e.g. Student Finance England). This piece of paper is crucial and without this, your Student Finance money will not be paid to you. You can log into your Student Finance online account to retrieve this form if you have not yet already sent it in.

At the time of writing (27/09/2016) the Welsh Government are not providing access to student loans for Welsh residents for programmes at alternative providers including ACM. Please check with Student Finance Wales or the ACM Finance Team (01483 500804) for details regarding current loan availability.

If you are from elsewhere in Europe: EU students will need to complete a paper application which can be downloaded here.

It is important to note that students should apply for Finance with Falmouth University, who will award your qualification and not ACM. The details for your application are:

Institution: Falmouth University

Then choose the appropriate course, below:
Course Title: Professional Music Performance | Student Loan Course Code: 755090
Course Title: Commercial Songwriting | Student Loan Course Code: 754229
Course Title: Creative Music Technology | Student Loan Course Code: 754261
Course Title: Music Business & Innovation | Student Loan Course Code: 754264

If you encounter any problems during this process, get in touch with Student Finance at ACM on 01483 500 800 or studentfinance@acm.ac.uk.

Student Loan Repayments

Student will begin repaying their student loan once they are in full-time employment and earning over £21,000 per year. These loan repayments are based on a 9% of your salary that is OVER the £21,000 threshold. This is taken out of your wages at source, in a similar way to Income Tax and National Insurance payments.

e.g. If your salary is £25,000 per year you pay 9% of £4,000. This works out at £6.92 per week.

For more information about the changes to tuition fees and other relevant information visit the Student Finance Website gov.uk/student-finance

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Creative Music Technology students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

ACM Scholarships

Details regarding scholarships for 2017/18 to be announced shortly.

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Finance Team on 01483 500804

ACM Guildford Further Education programmes

The cost of studying towards a Diploma at ACM is dependant on the age of the learner on 31st August 2017.  Please see below for more information.

Under 18 on 31st August 2017
The government will fully fund your studies with us for the entire 2 year Extended Diploma. There will be no further fees to pay. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

18 on 31st August 2017
If you’ll be 18 on 31st August 2017, the government will fund 1 year of study at Level 3. We expect that the government will soon announce funding arrangements for your second year of study. We believe that they will likely involve partial funding for 18 year olds, requiring you to make some personal contribution towards your studies (for which a student loan may be available). Once we have received more information, we will communicate with you and explain the options available. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

19 or over on 31st August 2017
The course fee for over 19 year olds is £6,000 per year. If you are over 19, we suggest that you also consider our Higher Education programmes – we have a 3 Year study option that might be just right for you.

ACM Guildford Higher Education programmes

2-year Degree programme course fee

  • Year 1 fee: £7,995 – A Fee Waiver/Discount for year 1 of £1,000 is available to all applicants returning their contracts by the 31st May 2017, which means your tuition fee will be £6,995. Please note, there will be no additional access to bursaries for that year.
  • Year 2 fee: £7,995

3-year Degree programme course fee
Please note: the 3-year Degree includes an integrated foundation entry year followed by the 2-year accelerated degree programme.

  • Year 1 fee: £5,995
  • Year 2 fee: £7,995 – A Fee Waiver/Discount for year 2 of £1,000 is available to all applicants returning their contracts by the 31st May 2017, which means your tuition fee will be £6,995. Please note, there will be no additional access to bursaries for that year.
  • Year 3 fee: £7,995

Years 2 & 3 of the 3-year programme, and Years 1 & 2 of the 2-year programme, are delivered as accelerated learning route. By reducing the holiday periods, students are offered a high-quality programme with the same number of teaching hours in a shorter period of time. This provides a considerable financial saving as students will pay less in tuition fees and living costs overall compared to an equivalent 3 or 4-year traditional university course.

Higher Education Programmes eligible for Student Loans can access a Government loan of up to £6,000 per year towards their course fees. Please see section on Student Loans for details regarding eligibility. Any remaining balance per year will need to be funded by the student.

The annual course fees for subsequent years on the Degree programme (i.e. Year 2 and Year 3) are indicated above. No amendment to this is anticipated, however, ACM reserve the right to amend fees in the situation that government legislation impacts on the availability of student loans.

Student Loans (Higher Education Programmes)

For students to be eligible for Student Loan Company (SLC) funding, they must be studying a designated course. Higher Education courses at ACM are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We expect this annual process to be complete by early 2017. Visit hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/student/ for more information.

Details regarding the designation status of ACM Higher Education programmes can be found here: hefce.ac.uk/reg/register/search/Provider/10013357

Where a student loan is offered the maximum available from the Student Loans Company to pay your fees is £6,000 a year for full-time Higher Education students with the balance paid directly to ACM. EU students can also apply for student loans, however these students will not have access to maintenance loans.

When considering an ACM Degree course please review the costs based on the following illustration:

2-Year Degree tuition fees per year:
£7995 x 2 years therefore the total degree tuition fee is just £15,990
compared to £27,000 for some three year Higher Education programmes

This makes an ACM Degree one of the most cost effective in the market, while at the same time delivering the highest level of value.

Read ACM’s guide to accessing and applying for student finance for ACM Higher Education programmes. acm.ac.uk/student-loan/

If you have previously completed a programme at the same level or higher level of study you may not be able to obtain funding to support your studies and therefore may be required to pay the full funding fee.

For more information about the changes to tuition fees and other relevant information visit the Student Finance Website www.gov.uk/student-finance

At the time of writing (27/09/2016) the Welsh Government are not providing access to student loans for Welsh residents for programmes at alternative providers including ACM. Please check with Student Finance Wales or the ACM Finance Team for details regarding current loan availability.

Update 14th August 2017: We have recently been notified by Student Finance Northern Ireland that the maximum amount of Tuition Fee Loan available to study at Private Institutions such as ACM is £4,030 and NOT the £6,165 offered by Student Finance England.

Living Costs (Students on HE programmes)

Where student loans are available students can apply for Maintenance Loans to help with their living costs. The amount available is based on means testing (based on family income and a number of other factors). Don’t forget the nature of ACM’s accelerated programmes means that overall living costs may be reduced. As the holiday periods are shortened you will not be paying for accommodation that you will not be using.

Students on accelerated HE programmes (2-year Degree and years 2 & 3 of the 3-year Degree) may be eligible for the ‘Long Course Loan’ as part of their Maintenance Loan as these years are over 30 weeks and three days. You may be eligible for an amount up to £825 (if at parental home) or £1260 (if outside London, not parental home).

More details on the ‘Long Course Loans 15/16’ see: practitioners.slc.co.uk

Student Loan Repayments

Student will begin repaying their student loan once they are in full-time employment and earning over £21,000 per year. These loan repayments are based on a 9% of your salary that is OVER the £21,000 threshold. This is taken out of your wages at source, in a similar way to Income Tax and National Insurance payments.

e.g. If your salary is £25,000 per year you pay 9% of £4,000. This works out at £6.92 per week.

For more information about the changes to tuition fees and other relevant information visit the Student Finance Website gov.uk/student-finance

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Production and keyboard students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice. Technical Services lectures may require suitable footwear.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

ACM Scholarships

Details regarding scholarships for 2017/18 to be announced shortly

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Finance Team on 01483 500804

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