ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Financial support type: field


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

Reason required

To capture financial support received by all students to understand the role that bursaries and other in-kind support play in determining the choice of where students study and the impact this has on their likelihood of continuing studies.

Schema definitions

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Collection requirements

  • Collected for all learners

Attribute Codes

CodeTitleMax Occurs
2Near Cash1
3Accommodation discount1


  • Submitted in conjunction with the associated FinancialSupport. 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 Access to Learner Funds (ALF) returns.

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 University Halls / Residences.


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

    • Travel costs

    • Laboratory costs

    • Printer credits

    • Equipment (for example: laptops, course literature) o Subsidised field trip

    • Subsidised meal costs

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