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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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If you apply for transfer from the further education to the higher education (HE) sector on or before 31 July 2019, the Office for Students (OfS) will process your application as outlined in the ‘Transferring from the further education to the higher education sector’ September 2015 guidance and as set out on these pages. OfS will take on HEFCE's role.

If you apply for transfer into the HE sector on or before 31 July 2019, you will not be eligible to receive new grant funding in 2018-19. To be eligible to receive grant funding from the academic year 2019-2020 onwards, you need to be registered in the approved (fee cap) category of the OfS register.

See more about how new applicants can apply for transfer into the higher education sector beyond 1 August 2019

How to apply

The Government has published guidance that includes details of the full criteria. Applicants should read this carefully before they apply.

We administer the process for the Government and advise them about applications. The decision to grant designation rests with the Secretary of State.

To apply institutions should submit: 

1. A letter of application from the Chair of your governing body (or equivalent).

2. A case for transfer.

3. Financial tables and commentary. Templates are available, please talk to us about what is required. 

4. Supporting evidence. 

The main application document is the case for transfer. This should address the criteria set out in the Government’s guidance.

Applications can be made at any time and should be emailed to gateways@hefce.ac.uk

If you apply for transfer from the further education to the higher education (HE) sector on or before 31 July 2019, the Office for Students (OfS) will process your application as outlined in the ‘Transferring from the further education to the higher education sector’ September 2015 guidance and as set out on these pages. OfS will take on HEFCE's role.

If you apply for transfer into the HE sector on or before 31 July 2019, you will not be eligible to receive new grant funding in 2018-19. To be eligible to receive grant funding from the academic year 2019-2020 onwards, you need to be registered in the approved (fee cap) category of the OfS register.

Further information on how new applicants can apply for transfer into the higher education sector beyond 1 August 2019 [hyperlink underlined text] can be found online.

Page last updated 15 September 2015