Completion & Retention Rates

LIPA's retention rate of undergraduate students progressing from the first to the second year of their degree studies for the 14/15 academic year was 93%.  86% of the 12/13 intake graduated in 2015.

Placement Rates

Each year LIPA surveys graduates four years after they have graduated. Our most recent survey of the LIPA graduating class of 2013 who responded to our survey (82%) 92% were in employment, 84% of whom were working in the performing arts.

Availability of Federal Financial Aid

LIPA participates in US Federal Financial Aid and is able to certify Direct Loans to eligible US nationals. Information regarding the loan application process can be obtained from LIPA's International Team by emailing

Students and prospective students considering taking out loans should visit the following US Government websites.

A flow chart showing the processes involved in securing Direct Loans for study at LIPA can be downloaded at:

Direct Loans Flowchart 2017 
Direct Loan Limits 2017

The certification of Direct Loans and private loans from US education loan companies are the only financial aid programmes that LIPA engages in. We do not offer any institutional student financial assistance programmes either need-based or merit-based.

Cost of Attendance

The annual cost of attendance for studies at LIPA which includes tuition and fee, books and supplies, accommodation, food, transportation and all study-related costs can be downloaded below.

2017 Cost of Attendance for New Students (3 year degrees)
2017 Cost of Attendance for New Students on Foundation Year Programme
2017 Cost of Attendance for Students on Foundation Certificate in PMMT
2017 Cost of Attendance for Students Who Enrolled in 2015 & 2016
LIPA Cost of Attendance Calculator 2017-18

Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities

LIPA offers a wide range of services to students with disabilities.  Our Policy, Procedures & Quality Statements for Supporting Deaf & Disabled Students can be viewed as a downloadable document on our Student Support pages. 

LIPA also offers comprehensive support to students who experience what are referred to by the US Govt. as "intellectual disabilities".  A high proportion of LIPA students (a higher rate than the general population) have a specific learning difficulty and this is viewed positively as there is a strong correlation between these difficulties and creativity.

Information regarding our services for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia can be found on our Student Support pages. 

Refunds Policy for Withdrawal and Return of Title IV Financial Aid

The following conditions apply to students who are utilising US Federal aid funds, authorised under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

If you are in receipt of Federal aid and withdraw we must determine whether any of the programme funds must be returned to the US Federal aid programme. We will make this determination in accordance with the Return of Title IV Aid requirements of section 484B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) and §668.22 of the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations.

A pro-rata refund calculation applies for any student in receipt of US Federal financial aid who withdraws within a time equating to less than 60% of the payment period. No return of funds to the Federal aid programme is required if a student withdraws within a time equating to 60% or more of the payment period.

If you have not received a disbursement of Federal aid funds at the beginning of a disbursement period and subsequently withdraw, the amount of funds that you have earned will be calculated and the appropriate amount will be disbursed. The remaining funds will be returned to the US Federal aid programme. You will be charged any difference between the Federal aid funds earned and the fees due LIPA (as calculated under our withdrawal policy).

If you withdraw officially, the date of withdrawal will normally be determined by the completion and submission of a withdrawal form. If you withdraw unofficially, your date of withdrawal will be the date that your department became aware that you ceased to attend.

We will return unearned Federal aid funds no later than 45 days after determining the withdrawal date.

If we determine that refund money must be returned to the aid programme, we will distribute funds in the following order:

  1.  Federal Stafford Unsubsidised
  2.  Federal Stafford Subsidised
  3.  Federal PLUS

In determining the amount of loan funds that you have earned upon withdrawal, our Finance Department will calculate the percentage of the loan period attended. This will then be multiplied by the total of the Federal aid that has been disbursed for the payment period.

Our Finance Department will inform withdrawn students in writing of the amount that we are obliged to return to the US Federal aid programme, the amount (if any) that needs to be paid to us by the student and the amount (if any) that is due to be refunded to the student by us.

Academic Programmes and Instructional Facilities

Links to our academic programmes can be found on our homepage

Click here to see an overview of facilities

Transfer of Credit Policies

LIPA's policy follows that of its validating body Liverpool John Moores University which and can be found at:

Copyright Infringement Policies

The legal framework surrounding copyright can be found at.

Students who break copyright law may subject themselves to criminal liabilities.  The UK legal penalties for copyright infringement can be found here.

Degree Accreditation

LIPA's degree programme are validated by Liverpool John Moores University. LIPA is a publically-funded higher education institution and, as such, is subject to review and assessment by the Higher Education Funding Council Executive and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Loan Terms and Sample Repayment Schedule

Information about loan interest rates, repayment options, forbearance and default can be found on the US Department of Education Direct Loan Website:

Freedom of Information

As a public authority, LIPA is obliged to meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000. The Act makes two basic provisions:

  1. That LIPA should maintain a list of the information it makes available as a matter of routine, called the Publication Scheme. Information on this can be found here.
  2. That from 1 January 2005, any person making a request for information is entitled to be informed in writing whether LIPA holds the information specified in the request, and if that is the case, to have that information communicated to them.

The FoI Act complements the Data Protection Act 1998, which makes provision for the access and proper management of information relating to living people.

Student Services

Information on the wide range of student services offered at LIPA is available in or Student Support section.

NSLDS Loan Reporting

All students taking out Direct Loans for study at LIPA will have details of their lending along with personal details (age, SSN, enrolment status and anticipated graduation date) to the US National Student Loan Database System.

Textbook Information

Undergraduate degree students accepted onto the following BA (Honours) degree programmes are asked to read the following books prior to enrolment.


The Actor And His Body by Litz Pisk ISBN: 9780245527210
Respect For Acting by Uta Hagen ISBN: 9780025473904
Acting – The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky ISBN: 9780878300006
Freeing The Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater ISBN: 9780896760714
The Voice Book by Michael McCallion  (first half) ISBN: 9780878309870
Stanislavski: An Introduction by Jean Benedetti ISBN: 9780878305780
A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, et. al. ISBN: 9780394744124
Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus by Marina Calderone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams ISBN: 9780896762527
The Oxford Illustrated History Of Theatre by Brown, John Russell, Oxford University Press.  Oxford 1995. ISBN: 9780192880628

Applied Theatre and Community Drama

Jackson, A . (2007) Theatre, Education and the Making of Meanings, Manchester: Manchester University Press ISBN: 9780719065439
Prentki, T & Preston, S. (Eds)  2008, The Applied Theatre Reader, London: Routledge ISBN: 9780415428873
Drain, R. (1995). Twentieth-century theatre: a sourcebook. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415096195
Johnstone, K (1992) Impro, London: Routledge ISBN: 9780878301171
Zarrilli, P. B. (2010). Theatre histories: an introduction (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415462242

Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre and Events

Donald S Passmann, All You Need to Know About the Music Business, London, Penguin (new edition 2008). ISBN: 9780141031156
John Tusa, Engaged with the Arts: writings from the frontline, London I.B.Tauris, 2007.
ISBN: 9781845114244

Code of Conduct

All LIPA staff working in the field of US Federal Financial Aid and Private Loans for US nationals are duty bound to abide by the code of conduct stipulated by the US Government which prohibits:

  • Revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.
  • Receiving gifts from lenders, guarantors, or loan servicers.
  • Contracting arrangement providing financial benefit from any lender or affiliate of a lender.
  • Directing borrowers to particular lenders, or refusing or delaying loan certifications.
  • Offers of funds for private loans.
  • Call centre or financial aid office staffing assistance.
  • Advisory board compensation.


LIPA advises that all UK and international students born after 1982 should seek MMR vaccination (and should receive both the recommended doses) prior to their studies with us.  Information about the vaccination can be found here:

Most UK students will have been vaccinated against Meningitis C, international students are recommended to have the Meningitis C vaccination or Meningitis A & C or the ACWY vaccine.

More information about Meningitis C vaccine can be found here.

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Staff

We are concerned to protect you against the risks arising from the misuse of drugs and/or alcohol and, to this end, our premises remain a drug-free zone. 

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Staff Nov 2014

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Students

We are concerned to protect you against the risks arising from the misuse of drugs and/or alcohol and, to this end, our premises remain a drug-free zone.

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Students Nov 2014 

More information about the Direct loan Program

Please visit, for current information about the Direct Loan Program.