Alternative provider student 2016/17 - Major source of tuition fees
Alternative provider student 2016/17
Fields required from institutions in England
Major source of tuition fees
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This field indicates the major source of tuition fees for the student where this is known. The predominant source should be selected where there is more than one source of award or financial backing. The field relates to the current year of study.
|Applicable to||England Scotland|
Compulsory for all instances on designated courses or where designation is held at provider level. Not required for students on non-designated courses and optional where a student on a designated course is dormant for the whole reporting year.
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The information in this field should reflect funding arrangements where payments have been made. Where payments have not been issued but arrangements have been confirmed, this field should be coded as if that payment has been made. For example, if attendance has been confirmed to the Student Loans Company, but payment has not yet been made, providers should code as if the payment has been made rather than 98 or 99.
Code 01 should be used for cases where the student pays the full fees with no SLC/SAAS funding. Students who are financially assessed by an LA/SAAS/DfE(NI)/NI Education and Library Boards/SLC to pay the full fee themselves (i.e. no public support for fees) should be included here. This code should only be used where there is no award, fee loan or financial backing at all. Where there is some award, fee loan or financial backing, even if this is the minor source compared with the contribution of the student, then the coding should reflect the source of the award, fee loan or financial backing.
Codes 02, 03 or 04 cover cases where the SLC/SAAS fund full fees through a grant, or SLC/SAAS fund full fees through a fee loan, or SLC/SAAS fund full fees through a mixture of SLC/SAAS grant and SLC/SAAS fee loan. Students in exempt years from liability to pay fees should be coded 02, 03 or 04 as appropriate. Code 02 includes students aged under 19 who pay registration fees only. Code 02 excludes LA acting as employer.
Codes 02-04 includes those students whose fee is met in full by the body shown - through a grant and/or through a fee loan. In the case of payments by the SLC, students should be recorded against the body which made the financial assessment: code 02 for students from England and Wales and for EU students studying in England, code 03 for students from Scotland or code 04 for students from Northern Ireland. Where the financial assessment has resulted in the fee being partly paid by the public body shown in codes 02-04 and partly by the student or their families, the student should be included in either codes 52, 53 or 54 regardless of which contribution is the greater.
The code closest to 04 should be returned if there is a 50/50 split on the source of tuition fees, with the exception of students funded 50/50 by a Research Council and another body, in which case the Research Council code should be returned.
Code 07 'Fee waiver under government unemployment students scheme' is to cover the proposal that part-time students who are in employment at the start of a course but who become unemployed during it may have their fees waived - possibly subject to means testing. Providers will be able to reclaim from funding councils.
Code 09 covers cases where fee remission is granted to employees of small and medium sized businesses who are studying part-time towards an HE qualification as part of a recognised Graduate Apprenticeship.
Code 25 should be used when the charity paying the fees is listed as a member of Association of Medical Research Charities
Code 31 'Departments of Health/NHS/Social Care'. Any student whose fees are directly paid by NAW should be included in code 34 'Other HM government departments/public bodies'.
Code 41 'EU Commission (EC)' applies specifically to the EU Commission. In codes 42-48 'overseas' means 'non-UK'.
Code 42 'Overseas student award from HM government/British Council' includes the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Code 49 identifies Overseas Research Student Award Scheme, and these awards are not included in Code 42.
Codes 52, 53 or 54 cover cases with a mixture of SLC/SAAS funding and student contribution (including cases where (i) the SLC/SAAS pays part fees and the student pays part fees, (ii) where the SLC/SAAS pays nil fees and the student pays part fees upfront and receives a fee loan for the remainder or (iii) the SLC/SAAS pays part fees, the student pays part fees and receives a part fee loan for the remainder). In any circumstance where part of the student's tuition fees are funded by the Student Loans Company (SLC), codes 52-54 should be used even if the SLC is not the main source of tuition fees.
Code 81, 'Student's Employer' should be used in preference to other codes if it is known that the major source of tuition fees is the student's employer. Codes such as 61, 'UK industry/commerce' and 34, 'Other HM government departments/public bodies' therefore apply where these are the sponsor of the student rather than their employer.
Code 91 'Provider own funds' includes scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers funded from the HE provider's own funds.
Incoming Erasmus, Tempus and other exchange students should be coded 98 'No fees'.
Quality rules to follow
To provide understanding of the various sources of student fees and the extent to which various bodies are supporting students through payment of their fees.
Data type: MSTUFEECodeContentType
|Change management notes||The coverage has been updated to allow for the return of students on a designated course, where they are dormant for the whole reporting year on an optional basis.|
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