How to fund your training

The responsibility for funding your training ultimately lies with you and we strongly advise that you consider your means of funding before you attend an audition with us. However, we have experience with how to fund actor training and can help you through the process. Together, we can support you as you plan a funding strategy.

What you can do

Having access to money doesn’t make you a good actor. But developing the resourcefulness to find money to make it happen are exactly the practical skills an actor needs. Although we cannot recommend a particular method of funding your training, we encourage you to do your own research into funding options.

Some suggested and previously successful routes to aid financing the training are:

  • Crowdfunding platforms
  • Sponsorship from business, associates, family, friends
  • School/college alumni funds
  • Local/charitable organisations with a specific interest in the arts
  • Short term loan options

There are also a range of charitable trusts that have support for young creatives. They include the Prince’s Trust, the William Barry Trust, the Talisman Charitable Trust, The Richard Carne Trust or the Scarr-hall Memorial Trust. Please research these fully before applying, to boost your chance of being successful.

In addition, many of our students work flexible jobs around their training and we support them with these needs by providing a list of associated employers and suggested avenues upon acceptance.

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance is the UK’s largest private student lender.

About Future Finance Loans

  • Loans are offered from £2,000 – £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
  • Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address

How to apply?

Students can submit an application online up to six months prior to course start. You can get started by submitting an application via the Future Finance website to see if you’re eligible.

The partner of Future Finance, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, will be required to verify your attendance on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have attended registration at the partner of Future Finance, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company. 

Any loan funds requested for tuition will be released directly to Fourth Monkey Education Ltd to be applied towards your tuition and loans for living costs will be paid directly to you.

What we can do

This is most likely the first time you have funded a course like this, which is why we are on hand to help you through the process. If we have offered you a place, it’s important to us that we find a way for you to access the training.

Once registered to enrol and to join the Fourth Monkey family, we are on hand to support you in your search for additional funding, by searching out grants, sponsorship and helping you with funding applications. 


Fourth Monkey is proud to be able to offer financial aid to students who would not be able access our training without our support. Every offer of a place on one of our courses is based on talent. Therefore we assign scholarships to those who need assistance most by means testing, based on household income, amount of savings and extenuating circumstances. Scholarships can be applied for after receiving an offer of a place but do feel free to seek our advice about scholarships before applying.

Scholarships include:

Five Patron sponsored scholarships:

  • The Jorge de Juan Scholarship awarded to a talented individual who does not speak English as a first language
  • The Jonjo O’Neill Scholarship awarded to a male applicant who displays exceptional talent, individuality and personality
  • The Paula Paz Scholarship awarded to a young woman who aspires to make theatre, as well as train to be an actor
  • The Jacques Copeau Scholarship awarded to an applicant with exceptional movement ability
  • The Brigid Zengeni Scholarship awarded to a female applicant displaying exceptional talent and ability as an actor
  • Two half-scholarships, in association with The Stage newspaper
  • The Emrys Johns Scholarship
  • The Ronnie Collash Scholarship

On rare occasions, scholarships may be offered at the audition stage, but in most instances, financial assistance would not be given until the actor is in their second year of training on the Two Year Rep programme (scholarships are not available for the Year of the Monkey one year intensive programme). This offers us the opportunity to build a working relationship with you, learn more about your approach to your studies, your attempts at funding the course by other means, personal situation and lifestyle.There is an expectation that you have tried to raise finance elsewhere to support your training.

Fourth Monkey aspire to have the means to offer support for at least half of our student body but until then, we will work tirelessly with you to make sure that nothing stands in the way of your training.

Fourth Monkey is a registered Learning Provider, registration number [REG01-21340]. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.