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Financial support

What is OFFA’s position on financial support?

OFFA research into financial support could not find evidence that institutional bursary schemes in operation between 2006-07 and 2010-11 had an observable effect on either choices between institutions or the continuation rates of young full-time first degree students (for further details see OFFA publication 2010/06, Have bursaries influenced choices between institutions? and OFFA publication 2014/03, Do bursaries have an effect on retention rates?). Consequently, while we expect institutions to honour existing commitments to financial support, we encourage a focus on long-term outreach work. However, some institutions tell us that bursaries aid retention at their particular institution and we are encouraging these institutions to provide evidence of any such impact to help us build our understanding of the impact of bursaries.