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Student 2021/22

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Financial support

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Short nameFinancialSupport

To capture financial support received by students

Applicable toEngland

Instances at Approved (Fee Cap) providers in England where (Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 01) and Instance.FEEELIG = 1 and (Course.COURSEAIM begins with H, I, J, C or is M22, M26, M28, M71, M73 or M88) and (Instance.EXCHANGE is not 4, G or Z) and (Instance.MODE is not 51, 63 or 64).


Must be completed for all instances of students at Approved (Fee Cap) providers who are both eligible to pay home fees and in receipt of support. Any support given to all students within the coverage should not be included.

Support should be returned in the HESA reporting year in which the student received the financial support. If a student does not receive any support in the HESA reporting year, this entity should not be returned. Support should not be reported during periods of dormancy, even where it is awarded, as this data is not required. Only the support that was paid should be returned, rather than the amount that was awarded.

In principle Office for Students require data about support disbursed in relation to the student or their programme of study that is not included in their tuition fee. Therefore, any costs which are defined as being “Fees in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, undertaking the course, including admission, registration, tuition and graduation fees” must not be included in the Financial Support entity – further guidance is available on the Office for Students website here.

For example, fees not covered by Office for Students's definition of tuition fee are:

  • fees payable for board or lodging,
  • fees for field trips (including any tuition element of such fees),
  • fees payable for attending any graduation or other ceremony,
  • such other fees as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

If all students at the provider (or all students on the course on which the student for whom data is being returned is studying) are given the same in-kind award, and there is no differentiation based on individual circumstance, it is considered as a cost that is built into the course fee, and should therefore be excluded. Forms of support that are available to all students (even if not utilised by all) and are not awarded differentially based on individual circumstance should not be included in the Financial Support entity.

For example, all students are able to attend a field trip as part of a geography course. The travel costs for all students on the course are paid for by the provider however only half of the class elect to participate in the field trip. The cost of travel would not be included as support because it is available to all of the students.

To reduce burden on providers, support given to students which is £50 or less per item within each FinancialSupport.FINTYPE category must not be included. Amounts of more than £50 per item should be included.

The OfS have stated that where part of a returned FinancialSupport.FINTYPE is part of an APP commitment, the APPSPEND flag should be used to indicate this. It is agreed to be unnecessary to apportion an individual FINTYPE between that contributing to an APP commitment and that not. Therefore, if some part of a FINTYPE supports an APP commitment APPSPEND should be returned.

The OfS note that this approach may result in providers returning figures that do not completely align with their Access and Participation Plan.

Examples of support


  • Merit based bursaries and awards, including prizes,
  • Bursaries and scholarships awarded to assist the student with maintenance costs rather than tuition fees,
  • Costs for subsidised travel or meals (if available only to a subset of students),
  • Amounts awarded through ITT bursaries,
  • 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 providers,
  • Awards for EU students that are equivalent to DSA.

Exclude as collected elsewhere:

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) awards – collected by SLA,
  • Fee waivers, free foundation years offered to the students, or any other reduction of student fees – taken into consideration for Instance.NETFEE.

Exclude as not required by Office for Students:

  • Refunds or compensation issued to students in relation to the course or accommodation – this is not considered to be support,
  • Support given in relation to student societies or additional courses taken by the student, e.g. language courses,
  • Free membership of a provider's sports centre – for instance if this is offered to all students who reside in Universities Halls, then it would be considered as part of the student's accommodation costs and so not required,
  • Costs for course materials provided or available to all students on the course – these are considered to be part of the course fee, for example if all students studying Chemistry are issued with a lab pack,
  • Welcome packs provided to all students on enrolment of the course,
  • The cost of inoculations, CRB checks or other costs covered by the provider in relation to the course if available to all students,
  • Incentives given to students to encourage participation in surveys and focus groups,

Each FinancialSupport.FINTYPE and FinancialSupport.FINAMOUNT pair should be returned once per applicable FinancialSupport.FINTYPE. Where the student is in receipt of multiple forms of a FinancialSupport.FINTYPE (e.,g., two forms of a cash support) these amounts should be summed and returned under a single occurrence of the appropriate FinancialSupport.FINTYPE.

If a particular FinancialSupport.FINTYPE is not received by the student, the FinancialSupport.FINTYPE and associated FinancialSupport.FINAMOUNT need not be returned, i.e. there is no need to return a null or zero FinancialSupport.FINAMOUNT for FinancialSupport.FINTYPEs the student is not in receipt of. The schema will prevent this.

If a student has two instances at the same provider within the HESA reporting year, where it is not clear which instance the support should be attached to, align the Financial Support entity with the instance with the largest FTE of study

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required To capture additional financial or in-kind support (not covered by the fee or otherwise offered on an open basis to all students) received by any student within the coverages, hereinafter referred to as 'support'. This field is required by Office for Students for discharging their responsibilities. Office for Students, along with the Student Opportunity team at Office for Students, have been charged by Government to develop a shared strategy built on evidence from the sector. This field is necessary to provide an evidence base for this strategy and is crucial to Office for Students's operation. These data will be used to understand the role that bursaries and other in-kind support play in the student experience and on the likelihood of continuing studies. Office for Students needs to understand the nature of additional support given to all students, including both advantaged and disadvantaged. This will allow Office for Students to robustly monitor providers' commitments in Access agreements with regard to the amount of financial support set out in their Access agreements. These data will also allow Office for Students to undertake more powerful analysis, the results of which will be fed back to providers to help better understand the use of funds and where these may be more effectively targeted. Collecting these data will allow Office for Students to monitor continuously and evaluate the role that this financial support plays throughout the sector.
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OwnerOffice for Students
Date modified2022-05-05
Change management notesGuidance updated to acknowledge that the existing guidance may result in providers returning figures that do not completely align with their Access and Participation Plan.

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