Major source of funding
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This field indicates the primary source of funding for the course. This field is not necessarily the main source of finance as it excludes the tuition fee element. In the majority of cases, the source of funding will be the appropriate funding council. The predominant source of funding should be selected where there is more than one source.
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All courses where Course.REDUCEDC = 00, 01, 02 or 04
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To allow monitoring of actual student funding sources against funding.
The funding councils and DELNI fund places for students or credits associated with students, most home and EC students being 'fundable' (eligible for funding).
The guidance for coding non-fundable students on funded courses should be to code to the appropriate funding council in this field and code as 2 'Not fundable by funding council' in Instance.FUNDCODE.
Institutions funded by SFC should note that their funding from the Council is provided for a total number of student places, and cannot necessarily be related to particular students or to particular courses. For example, if funding is provided for 80 student places, and there are 100 students whose places are eligible for funding in that funding cell, one cannot identify 20 particular people as being 'fees only' students. Nor could one identify some of the courses which are eligible for funding in that cell as being 'fully-funded' and the rest 'partially funded' or 'unfunded': the funding is for the cell as a whole, not for any specific part of it. All students on courses which are eligible for funding in the funding cell would be returned with SFC shown as the major source of funding, code 03 'SFC'.
Nurses and Midwives at institutions funded by SFC who are on courses directly funded through contracts with the Health Authorities should be coded 31 'Departments of Health/NHS/Social Care'. These are primarily courses formerly taught by the Nursing Colleges. Most other Medical, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery courses and courses for professions associated with medicine at SFC funded institutions, will be funded through SFC and students should usually be coded 03 'SFC'.
Code 34 'Other HM government departments' includes local government and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) including the British Council and the Royal Society.
Codes 71 'Joint between two sources including a funding council' and 72 'Joint between two bodies excluding a funding council' should be interpreted as equal 50:50 funding between two bodies. In cases where the split is not exactly 50:50, the guidance is to code on the basis of the largest source.
Codes 47, 62-64, 73-79, 83, 85-89, AA, AB, AC, AD can be used only for students at institutions in England and Wales who are following programmes of study at FE level, i.e. shown as code 1 or 4 in Instance.FESTUMK
Codes 47, 62-64, 73-79, 83, 85-89, AA, AB, AC, AD are the codes to be used in preference to other codes for FE level students in England and Wales. 'Joint with LSC/DCELLS' in codes 73-79 indicates a source of funding in addition to a LSC/DCELLS and applies whether LSC/DCELLS or the other body is the major source of funding
Codes 86-88 'European Social Fund' apply to FE level students only. For any students at HE level European Social Fund should be coded as 46 'EU commission (EC)'.
Code 91 'Funded entirely by student tuition fees' will include some (but not all) 'cost recovery' courses, for example, cost recovery courses provided for particular firms might be covered by code 42 'UK private industry/commerce'. Code 91 may also cover a few 'fees only' students (in cells for which the institution receives no funding at present).
Data type: MSFUNDCodeContentType
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