Having read the new funding rules document there is the basic eligibility then a link to The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007, which is not the easiest reading. This document does detail who can be funded,but is so confusing that mistakes could be made, quite easily. Is there an easy to read document, lets say a guide from the SFA, that can help determine who is eligible for funding, and list what evidence is required to prove eligibility. I am sure this was available in previous years, but maybe it has not been published yet.March 18, 2016 at 10:15 am #22166
He guidance also indicates that the information/guidance can be obtained from UKCISA but this is currently under review for next year but it still may be of help
http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information–Advice/Fees-and-Money/England-fee-statusMarch 18, 2016 at 10:45 am #22167
Fair to say this was raised once or twice during the discussions about the 16/17 Rules here.
We should find out in the next week if SFA have listened as v2 of all the Rules documents will be out before purdah starts next Friday.March 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm #22186
UKCISA recently distanced themselves from what the SFA put in the Common Funding Rules about them being a source of information on eligibility and yesterday publised an article titled ‘New, less genrous SFA provision’s which listed all the learners who are no longer explicitly provided for under the new SFA Rules:
• people with Discretionary Leave and their family members
• people with Leave Outside the Rules and their family members
• people with indefinite leave (although note that this group of people are provided for in the fees regulations but only if they have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the 3 years leading up to the ‘first day of the first academic year’ of their course)
• family members of those with indefinite leave
• non-EEA family members of EU and, in certain circumstances, EEA nationals (see above re. the possible provision being re-inserted)
• non-EEA citizens whose immigration status is not granted for educational purposes and who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning
This is all being interpreted as stealth cuts as the Regulations that are refered to in the Common Finding rules for Eligibility are as clear as mud.March 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm #22188
I must have missed the list of pepople no longer explicitly provided for where in the common rules is that then.
I would love a simple list of people who are eligible. When thing are open to interpretation, you get it wrong and then get funding clawed back, just because the SFA do not write clear guidance.
If you contact the service desk with a question then they just refer you back to the unclear guidance documents, this reminds me of the unfortunate oozle-woozle birdMarch 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm #22190
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