NYDS is a registered charity and is committed to ensuring that the NYDS experience is accessible to all students.  We have a generous Scholarship Programme and have included some ideas for fundraising below.

Considering the eight days of immersive programming (daily classes, lunchtime talks and evening programming / performances), we believe our fees represent excellent value for money and compare very favourably to other immersive self-development experiences and to other professionally-focussed holiday drama programs.


Course Fees

Earlybird: $535.00 (Paid prior to 31st December 2023)
Standard: $560 (Paid prior to 31st March 2024)
* A deposit of $100.00 must accompany your Application Form, with the balance of payment to be made prior to 31 December for Earlybird fees and 31 March for Standard fees.

Our preferred method of payment is by direct credit to our bank account:
ANZ – The National Youth Drama School Trust – 01-0646-0246667-00
(Please include your full name as the reference).


Private $0.00
Billet (8 nights – Sat to Sat, inclusive) $100.00**
Hostel (8 nights – Sat to Sat, inclusive) $460.00***


Depending on your accommodation option, you may also need pocket money for lunch and/or dinner. The HNHS canteen is open for lunch, morning and afternoon teas during NYDS and offers healthy options for approximately $7-9. Havelock North village is a 15-20 minute walk from HNHS down a main thoroughfare and offers several takeaway options for dinner as well as a supermarket with deli.

** Billet families are asked to provide daily breakfast as well as dinner on the first Saturday, Sunday and Thursday nights. Your family may also be willing to provide a packed lunch, and depending on where they are located in relation to the school, may be able to offer evening meals, but this is not expected.
*** The hostel fee includes breakfast and dinner, but lunch is not provided.


Depending on where you live, you may also need to budget for a bus or air fare to get to and from Hawke’s Bay. In our experience, these fares become increasingly expensive the closer to NYDS you book. We highly recommend booking as early as possible.

Fundraising ideas

Many students raise their own funds to attend NYDS— working part-time jobs; organising mufti-days, car washes, drama presentations or other events at school; asking for sponsorships from local businesses; teaching drama workshops for children etc.

Check with your high school as some schools are also able to provide financial assistance via scholarships, STAR or Gateway funding.

Refunds / Cancellations

All cancellations must be advised in writing to the Trust at

Refunds will be made based on the following cancellation deadlines:
– Before March 15th: Full refund less $100 non-refundable deposit
– After March 15th: No refund****

**** After the final deadline, for cancellations resulting from exceptional circumstances, the Trust will consider written requests for a partial refund of Course Fees on a case-by-case basis. However, please be aware that the Trust must provide final numbers to the Hostel one week before the start date and that we are unable to refund Hostel Fees for cancellations after this date.