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Student Alternative 2019/20 - Major source of tuition fees

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Student Alternative 2019/20

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Major source of tuition fees

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Short nameMSTUFEE

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 toEngland Scotland

Compulsory for all instances.

Valid entries and labels
01No award or financial backing
02Award assessed by English or Welsh LEA & paid in full by LA or by the SLC (includes EU students assessed by SLC)
03Paid in full by Student Awards Agency for Scotland/Student Loans Company (SAAS/SLC); includes where fee is paid directly to provider
04Paid in full by DfE(NI)/Northern Ireland Education & Library Boards (via Student Loans Company) (includes EU students in NI)
06Local Government - Channel Islands & Isle of Man/Scottish FE Bursaries
08British Academy
09Fees paid under part-time graduate apprentice study programme
11Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
12Medical Research Council (MRC)
13Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
14Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
15Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
17Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
18Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
19Research council - not specified
22International agency
23Cancer Research UK
24Wellcome Trust
25Other Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) charity
26Other charitable foundation
31Departments of Health/NHS/Social Care
32Departments of Social Services
34Other HM government departments/public bodies
35Scholarship of HM forces
36Scottish Enterprise Network/Highlands & Islands Enterprise/Local Enterprise Companies (LECs)
37LEA training grants scheme
38Department of Agriculture & Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI)
39Scottish Local Authority - discretionary award
41EU Commission (EC)
42Overseas student award from HM government/British Council
43Overseas government
44Department for International Development
45Overseas provider
46Overseas industry or commerce
47Other overseas funding
48Other overseas - repayable loan
52Mix of student & SLC (following assessment by English or Welsh LA, or SLC for EU students studying in England and Wales)
53Mix of student & Student Awards Agency for Scotland/Student Loans Company(SAAS/SLC)
54Mix of student & DfE(NI)/Northern Ireland Education & Library Boards (via Student Loans Company)
61UK industry/commerce
71Absent for year
81Student's employer
91Provider own funds
98No fees
99Not known

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. Other codes should be used in preference to 01 where it is known that the student has received their funds from one of the sources listed here, for example when an employer is paying for the course and has given the money to the student, this would need to be returned as code 81.

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.

When there is a split in the source of tuition fees between the Student Loans Company (SLC) and the student’s own funds, codes 52-54 should be used. If the source of funds is split between the SLC and another source, this other source should be returned and Student.SSN should also be returned.

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'.

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Reason required 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.
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Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
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Element: MSTUFEE
Date modified2020-05-19
Change management notesGuidance has been updated to remove 50/50 from the paragraph that refers to source of tuition fees.

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