Student 2021/22 - Financial supportFinancialSupport
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To capture financial support received by students
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:
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
Exclude as collected elsewhere:
Exclude as not required by Office for Students:
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 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.|
|Owner||Office for Students|
|Change management notes||Guidance 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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