The Office for Fair Access closed at the end of 31 March 2018 and responsibility for higher education access regulation transferred to the Office for Students

In-kind support

Good practice 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:

In-kind support and the minimum bursary

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

You may count in-kind support towards your minimum bursary obligations. But if you are 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 to report on in-kind support in your 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.

Related guidance

Financial support for students

What should you invest in?

How much should you invest?

Setting your access agreement strategy


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