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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Teaching funding

Funding element2015-16 allocations (March 2015): Total (in £M)
Funding for students in high-cost subjects 661
Student opportunity funding 380
Transitional supplement for old-regime students 95
Other targeted allocations and recurrent teaching grants 245
Funding set aside in March 2015 to support growth in student numbers in 2015-1637 37 
 Total 1,418

High-cost funding

This was provided for students in subjects where data show that the average costs for institutions exceeds £7,500. For undergraduates this is price groups A to C1 and for postgraduate taught students, this is price groups A to C2.

Student opportunity

This mainly consisted of allocations that recognise the extra costs associated with recruiting and supporting specific groups of students. See our student access and success pages for further details. These included:

  • £68 million for widening access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • £20 million for widening access and improving provision for disabled students
  • £279 million for improving the retention of students at risk of not continuing their studies.

A further £13 million was also assigned for establishing collaborative outreach networks between institutions.

Old-regime supplement

This was a transitional supplement for institutions, that recognised the extra costs associated with their remaining old-regime students (students who commended their studies before 1 September 2012). This supplement will be phased out by the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

See more about the details of the 2015-16 student opportunity funding method 


Page last updated 15 February 2017