ILR specification: 2022 to 2023

Financial support type: Field


This field records the type of financial support received by the student.

Reason Required

Required by Office for Students (OfS) for:

  • Access and participation monitoring.

  • Comparison with Student Loans Company (SLC) data.

Schema Definitions

XML Entity Name
Field Length
Data type
Minimum occurrences
Maximum occurrences

Collection Requirements

  • Collected for all learners

Attribute Codes

Code Title
1 Cash
2 Near Cash
3 Accommodation discount
4 Other


  • Submitted in conjunction with the associated field FINAMOUNT to provide the type for each Financial Support amount.


  • Any bursary/scholarship/award that is paid to the student, where there is no restriction on the use of the award. This will include BACS payments, cheques, cash awards and any means tested hardship funds that fall outside of the Office for Students Student Opportunity allocation.

Near cash

  • This constitutes any voucher schemes or prepaid cards awarded to students where there are defined outlets or services for which the voucher/card can be used, (for example, Aspire cards.)

Accommodation discounts

  • Discounted accommodation in Provider Halls / Residences.


  • This includes all in-kind support that is not included in the above categories. This will include, but is not limited to:

    • Contribution towards travel costs

    • Contribution towards laboratory costs

    • Printer credits

    • Equipment (for example: laptops, course literature)

    • Subsidised field trips

    • Subsidised meal costs