No, we do not provide scholarships or other forms of financial assistance. Scholarships are awarded by individual universities and colleges. If your child is not receiving a scholarship and you think it should be, your child should contact their university. Learn more about our area of responsibility. We invest half of our additional fee income in the combination of our public relations, bachelor`s scholarships and support during the course. Our access agreements, approved by the Office of Equitable Access (OFFA), detail our ongoing obligations to people with a disadvantaged socio-economic background. Most scholarships and bursaries are deposited directly into students` bank accounts via the financial information on your child`s loan application form. However, the Student Loan Corporation (SLC) can only process grants in this way if you and your child agree to share the financial information you give them on this form. When we talk about « equitable access, » we mean removing barriers to higher education, particularly financial barriers faced by low-income students and other underrepresented backgrounds. We will only apply the sanctions listed above if, in our opinion, a university or college has committed a serious and intentional breach of.B its access agreement, such as charging a higher fee than those set out in its access agreement or failing to provide the awareness and retention measures it has promised.
We would not impose a sanction simply because a university or college has not achieved the objectives or milestones it has set for itself. A goal that a higher education provider has set in its access agreement and will continue over a five-year period. See also Milestones. The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) program, funded by the government for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, aimed to encourage more young people to pursue higher education. It brought universities and secondary schools together in local networks to provide coordinated access to schools and colleges. NNCO allocations to institutions and network nodes were not recorded as expenditures for access agreements. Work to improve access for underrepresented groups to a university or college or other similar institutions (whether measured against the basic population or the basic population of qualified persons). Guidelines for universities and colleges on access activities Access agreements apply to German/foreign students who study full-time or at least 25% of full-time studies in state-funded undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training programs. Other postgraduate courses are not the responsibility of OFFA. Scottish universities can also offer scholarships. Visit the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) website for more information.
The « basic level » is the maximum amount that universities and colleges can charge if they do not have an access agreement approved by ofFA. For students who start courses in the 2013-14 academic year or started in 2012-13, this means up to £6,000 for full-time courses, £4,500 for part-time courses and £3,000 for internships or years of study abroad. An access agreement is a document that sets out how a university or college that charges higher fees intends to ensure and promote equitable access to higher education through its outreach, financial support, etc. Scholarships under the Access Agreement are available to low-income students – income assessment and amounts vary. Scholarships can be cash or a « discounted service », for example. B accommodation or fees. Since the paid loan is available to everyone, we recommend using cash or discounted services such as accommodation if possible. These are also often referred to as « target groups » by OFFA and others, as the students targeted in access agreements come from these groups.
Different access agreements focus on different audiences depending on what they want to achieve. They also vary depending on the year in which the access agreement was drafted, as offa`s guidelines for target groups vary from year to year – details for a given year can be found in the access agreement guidelines for that year. Guidelines for universities and colleges on expenditures that may be included in NCOP access agreement allocations should not be included in access agreement expenditures. New funding arrangements for nursing, obstetrics and related health students have replaced scholarships and bursaries with standard student loans, and these students are therefore covered by access agreements. These objectives have been achieved mainly through the implementation of approved access agreements and the work of OFFA in monitoring access agreements and disseminating its views on best practices. The Strategic Assessments of Wider Participation (WPSA) and the Strategic Statements of Wider Participation (WPSS) were documents required by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) from all higher education and higher education institutions it funded. They supplemented the access agreements that the institutions had concluded with OFFA if they wished to collect higher fees. For more information on WPSA and WPSS, see the glossary on the heFCE website. We define access activities (as opposed to equitable access in general) as any activity in which potential applicants from under-represented groups are increased in their aspirations and achievements and encouraged to apply for and attend higher education.
These include activities for young or older students looking to study full-time or part-time. In particular, we promote sustainable and coordinated activities that work with students and other potential candidates over several years. The amount of tuition fees up to which no access agreement is required. This is determined by the government and varies depending on the year of entry. For full-time, part-time, sandwich and foreign/erasmus years, there are different basic fees. Document outlining how a university or college that charges higher fees intends to ensure and promote equitable access to higher education, for example through awareness-raising in schools to increase learners` aspirations and performance, or through financial support such as scholarships. It also includes goals and milestones set by the university or college itself so that it can measure its progress, and sets out the tuition fees that the university or college will charge. Access agreements must be approved by OFFA as a condition for the university or college to charge higher fees, and are therefore the most important way to challenge universities and colleges to improve access. An approach aimed at broadening participation and equitable access, anchored at all levels of an institution, which is not limited to a specific unit or department, in all areas of work of its institutions and including senior management. Collaboration between multiple higher education providers and other organizations to provide activities that support equitable access. Cooperation could take place in various ways. B e.g.
between a university and higher education institutions, other higher education providers, employers, third-party sector organisations, schools, universities, training providers, local authorities, etc. If a single university or college offers access activities for schools, colleges or other stakeholders, we would not normally define that as collaboration. All publicly funded universities and colleges in England that wish to charge higher tuition fees for such courses must have an access agreement approved by us. Note: OFFA regulates financial support, which applies specifically to low-income students and other underrepresented groups, so the data we collect through access agreements includes only this financial support. Institutions may also offer other supports: for example, merit-based scholarships that are open to all students, including those from more privileged backgrounds. To make meaningful comparisons between the different access agreements, we look at the institutes` projected expenditures for a fictitious future year called « steady state. » Colleges update their agreements annually, but steady state figures show what the institution would likely spend if all cohorts of students (i.e., first-, second-, third- and fourth-year students) were subject to the same fees and financial support program, provided that their income forecasts, the expenses and the number of students remain the same. Most bachelor`s degree programs last three or four years, so for example, for the 2016-2017 access agreements, the steady state refers to 2019-2020; for the 2015-2016 access agreements, this is 2018-2019. . .