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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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For institutions

This page aims to help institutions that administered the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for entrants in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Although the NSP has now officially ended, some institutions may continue to award existing NSP recipients in subsequent years of study in 2015-16 and beyond.

For full details of programme requirements, institutions should read the guidance documents for each year of the programme, available at the bottom of this page.

Participation in the National Scholarship Programme was compulsory for all institutions charging above the basic fee of £6000 who were required to submit an access agreement to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Participation in the programme was optional for institutions charging less than £6000.

Funding the programme

The Government's contribution to the programme was £50 million in financial year 2012-13, £100 million in 2013-14 and £50 million in 2014-15.

Matched funding

Institutions that charged above £6000 and submitted an access agreement to OFFA, were required to match fund their government allocation.

For 2012-13 and 2013-14, institutions that charged below £6000 and who chose to take part in the scheme were required to match fund to at least 50 per cent of the value of the government contribution. For 2014-15, institutions that charged below £6000 did not need to provide matched funding.

Monitoring the programme

Institutions were required to submit monitoring returns for the NSP. They did this so that we could report to government on the progress of the programme and ensure that institutions deliver funding within the programme’s rules. 

The monitoring was carried out as part of the joint OFFA access agreement and HEFCE Student Opportunity allocation monitoring. Guidance was published in the autumn of each year, with monitoring returns due in the following January. 

We asked for end-of-year monitoring data (when final figures were known). End of year reports on monitoring are available below: 

For other queries, please see the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for institutions which provides answers to common queries about the NSP. 

Page last updated 6 July 2016