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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Applications for designation for HEFCE funding have now closed. Higher education providers that wish to become directly funded from 2019-20 need to register with the Office for Students (OfS).

See more about how new applicants can register with the OfS

About HEFCE funding

The Government provides funding for HE in England, which HEFCE allocates. These funds support three priorities:

  • learning, teaching and student choice
  • research
  • knowledge exchange with business and the wider community.

This funding is often called ‘HEFCE funding’ and the institutions that receive it directly are sometimes described as ‘authority-funded higher education providers’.

Higher education providers in England are eligible to apply for designation for HEFCE funding if 55 per cent of their students are studying courses of higher education.

Designation as an institution eligible to receive funding from HEFCE means that a provider must agree, and comply with, the terms and conditions set down in the Memorandum of Assurance and Accountability that reflect HEFCE’s regulatory responsibilities.

Page last updated 11 September 2017