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HESA Student Record 2013/14 - Financial support type

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HESA Student Record 2013/14

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Short nameFINTYPE

Financial support type

Applicable toEngland

All FinancialSupport records.

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02Near cash
03Accommodation discounts

Exclude Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), Access to Learning Funds (ALF) and any fee waivers/free foundation year offered to the students. Also exclude any other support to reduce student fees. Any support received as part of the course fee should also be excluded; this would include any support provided as standard to all students on the course. For example, if all students studying Chemistry are issued with a lab coat this would not be returned as financial support.

Institutions should include amounts awarded through The National Scholarship Programme (NSP), where these awards are offered as bursaries/scholarships or discounted accommodation, awards paid through charitable funds secured by institutions, and amounts awarded through ITT bursaries.

Where it exists, financial support information should be returned for all students meeting the coverage of the entity and is not restricted to OFFA countable students. Financial support given to students included in the coverage of the Financial Support entity which is £10 or less per item within each FinancialSupport.FINTYPE category must not be included. Amounts of more than £10 per item should be included.

Where it is explicit that the cash or 'near cash' is to be used as accommodation discount, then 'Accommodation discount' should be recorded. Where the student has a choice as to how they spend it (but choose to do so on accommodation) then it is the original 'cash or 'near cash' type that should be recorded.

If the institutions settles a bill on behalf of the student, there is no opportunity for those funds to be used elsewhere therefore the support should be reported as 04 'Other'.

Alternatively, if the student received a BACS transfer or a cheque, they could potentially use the money for something other than its intended purpose. Payments by these methods should be recorded as 01 'Cash'.

If a scholarship is awarded as cash that might or might not be spent as a waiver then this should be included within the financial support entity. If awarded as a waiver i.e. the student has no choice as to how the money is spent then it should be excluded as a fee waiver.

Examples of financial support in each category include:

01 Cash
Any bursary/scholarship/award (as consistent with the definitions used in the Finance Statistics Return (FSR) that is paid to the student, where there is no restriction on the use of the award. This will include BACS payments, cheques, cash awards and any means tested hardship funds that fall outside of the ALF returns.
02 Near cash
This constitutes any voucher schemes or prepaid cards awarded to students where there are defined outlets or services for which the voucher/card can be used. (E.g. Aspire cards.)
03 Accommodation discounts
Discounted accommodation in University Halls / Residences
04 Other

This includes all in-kind or cash support that is not included in the above categories. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • Travel costs
  • Laboratory costs
  • Printer credits
  • Equipment paid for e.g. laptops, course literature (other than loans of equipment)
  • Subsidised field trips
  • Subsidised meal costs
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Reason required

To capture financial support received by all students for OFFA purposes.

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Field length2
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: FINTYPE
Date modified2014-06-26
Change management notesGuidance rewritten to better express the current requirements following consultation with OFFA.

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