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In-kind support

What good practice should I follow when offering in-kind support?

If you are considering introducing in-kind support, you should bear in mind the impact it will have on students, particularly on take-up of any bursary you offer, and the increased administrative burden it may mean for your institution.

We would also strongly encourage you to take into account the following good practice:

How does in-kind support relate to the minimum bursary?

Note that the minimum bursary requirement no longer exists for students entering under the new system of fees and student finance.

You may count in-kind support towards your minimum bursary obligations. But if you’re offering an item or facility that students might not necessarily use, given the choice, we will exercise our judgement as to whether the support meets the relevant criteria.

However, you must offer the minimum bursary in cash as an alternative to students on full state support, with the following conditions:

How should I report on in-kind support in my monitoring return?

Your reporting on in-kind awards should reflect the actual cost to your institution, as opposed to the retail value. Similarly, if in-kind support costs less to provide than predicted, or where you have an arrangement to pay a third party provider on behalf of the student, you should report on actual expenditure.

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