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For-Profits Will Have to Try Harder to Become Eligible for SLC Cash: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

For-Profits Will Have to Try Harder to Become Eligible for SLC Cash: News

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But proposed rules on designation stop short of full institutional review. John Morgan reports.

Private providers in England wanting their students to access publicly funded loans will for the first time be required to undergo checks on quality.

However, unlike universities, these providers will not have to undergo full institutional review by the Quality Assurance Agency or subscribe to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, which reviews student complaints.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last week published draft guidance on its proposed new rules for private providers seeking "designation" for their courses - making their students eligible for Student Loans Company funding to cover fees and maintenance.

The new process will be administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, bringing it into contact with private providers for the first time.

The coalition has already used the designation system established by the Labour government to boost the private sector, where student numbers will not be capped until 2014-15. SLC funding for students at private providers rose to Pounds 100.3 million in 2011-12, up from Pounds 42.2 million the previous year.

BIS says in its draft guidance on designation, which is open to comments until 10 May, that it is "essential that government ensures that there are robust processes in place to protect the interest of students, the reputation of UK higher education and the public investment".

The rules, which will apply from 2013-14, state that to proceed with an application for designation, private providers must have undergone a "recent, successful QAA review" and pay a subscription or annual maintenance fee to the QAA. …

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