CAT Fees & Finance

CAT is funded by the Department for Education as part of its Music and Dance Scheme.

The full amount of grant for the school year starting in September 2016 will be £3,649. You will not have to make any contribution to the CAT fees if your total relevant income is £29,927 or less in the tax year ended 5 April 2016.  If your family income is more than £29,927 you will receive a smaller grant and you may have to make a contribution to the cost of your child attending the CAT. 

Parents/Guardians of pupils accepted onto the Centre for Advanced Training are requested to fill out the Music and Dance Scheme's means testing form to assess whether their child/dependent is eligible for a full or partial grant.

The process is straightforward and calculates the income and benefits received per household in order to determine the government's contribution toward each student's dance training.

For more information, please visit the Department for Education website.


The amount of grant and any subsequent parental contribution for academic year 2016/17 is set out in the following table:

Note: Assessable income is calculated after a deduction of £2030 per dependent child including the CAT child. 

Total family income  Amount of grant Amount of contribution
up to £29,927              £3,649  nil
£29,928 - £33,917 £3,284 £365
£33,918 - £37,908 £2,918 £731
£37,909 - £41,899 £2,554 £1,095
£41,900 - £45,889 £2,189 £1,460
£45,890 - £49,879 £1,824 £,1825
£49,880 - £53,871 £1,460 £2,189
£53,872 - £57,861 £1,095 £2,554
£57,862 - £61,851 £730 £2,919
£61,852 - £65,839 £366 £3,283
£65,840 or more  nil £3,649

What does the fee pay for?

The fee covers all of the student's dance training fees, including Saturday and weekday classes (if relevant), theatre trips and CAT merchandise.  

Payment Plans

Payments can be made in one lump sum or in three termly installments.

If you would like any more information about CAT fees and finances please contact the CAT manager Nuala McGreevy via email: [email protected] 

Download our application form.

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Department of Education


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