Partners & Stakeholders
Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
The Student Loans Company is owned by the BIS and the Scottish Executive and it administers the policies set by them under the relevant legislation and associated regulations. The details of what the BIS requires the Student Loans Company to deliver are set out each year in the Annual Performance and Resource Agreement.
BIS is responsible for deciding all matters of policy within their remit for England and Wales. All decisions relating to eligibility, the statutory procedures of application, payment and repayment and how the various bodies deal with the student borrower are decided by the BIS (not by any of the participating agencies).
The Scottish Government
The Scottish Government's Education and Lifelong Learning Department (ELLD) is responsible for student support policy for Scottish students. They advise the Student Loans Company of how they wish the Company to administer their policies for relevant Scottish students.
The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL)
DEL is responsible for student support policy for students from Northern Ireland. The Student Loans Company administers the Student Finance Schemes for students from Northern Ireland under their direction.
Welsh Assembly Government - Department for Education and Skills
The Department aims to improve children's services, education and training provision to secure better outcomes for learners, business, and employers as set out in our strategic document, 'The Learning Country'. It helps empower children, young people and adults through education and training to enjoy a better quality of life.
HM Revenue & Customs
The majority of current lending, for fees and grants, is repaid through the UK tax system. This system of collection is known as Income Contingent Repayment (ICR). The role of the HM Revenue & Customs (previously known as the Inland Revenue) is collection of these repayments when they become due.
Those who are in the UK Tax System have their repayments deducted at source by their employers or through their self-assessed tax returns.
Those who are not in the UK Tax System - for example, because they live overseas and are paying their taxes in some other country - are nevertheless obliged to make due repayments.
All the information about a customer's repayment status is sent by SLC to the HM Revenue & Customs.
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
UCAS is the UK central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to full-time undergraduate courses, HNDs and university diplomas. UCAS promotes partnership between prospective students, universities, colleges and schools.
Higher Education & Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
The HEFCE allocates public funds for teaching and research to universities and colleges in England and advises the Government on higher education policy.
Scottish Funding Council (SFC)
The Scottish Funding Council was established to distribute funds to support teaching and research in Scottish higher education institutes and to provide the Secretary of State with information and advice relating to all aspects of higher education.
The council creates a single body providing a strategic overview of tertiary education in Scotland and will secure a more coherent system of high-quality learning and research.
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)
HEFCW funds higher education in Wales, using funding made available by the Welsh Assembly Government to support education, research and related activities at twelve higher education institutions. HEFCW also funds the teaching activities of the Open University in Wales and higher education courses at further education colleges.
HE Representative Bodies
Association of Colleges (AoC)
AoC is the national representative body for colleges of further education, including sixth form colleges in England and Wales. AoC provides a national framework and a wide range of advisory services to its members and maintains a programme of lobbying relevant agencies.
Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE)
AMOSSHE brings together those who have responsibility for the leadership, management or co-ordination of a range of learner support and guidance services for students.
Association of University Administrators (AUA)
AUA is a network of higher education professionals across the UK and Eire. Members share extensive experience and promote good practice through an annual conference, courses, networking, electronic media, publications and a continuing professional development award.
British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG)
BUFDG aims to promote good practice in university financial management by organising training courses and conferences for its members. It acts as a source of expertise that can be consulted on all university financial matters.
GuildHE is the new name for SCOP (the Standing Conference of Principals Ltd).
SCOP was established in 1978 as the representative organisation for the colleges of higher education. Over the last few years, membership has diversified and GuildHE now speak for HE colleges, specialist institutions and some universities.
Higher Education Wales (HEW)
HEW's mission is to be the voice of Higher Education in Wales.
NAMSS (National Association for Managers of Student Services)
NAMSS develops and promotes quality standards of student service practice. It represents the needs of students and student support services and provides information for its members.
National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA)
NASMA acts as a focus for information exchange between practitioners in the field of student funding. It brings together professionals from across the sector, encouraging the free exchange of ideas, and consultation with national decision makers on areas concerning student finance and funding.
Universities Scotland exists to provide services to its members. It represents, promotes and campaigns for the Scottish higher education sector.
Universities UK is made up of executive heads of all UK universities and exists to promote, encourage and develop the universities by improving the funding, regulatory and marketing environment of their operations.
Student Finance Sites
Student Finance England
Student Finance England provides services and information for those in England who are interested in financial support for students in Higher Education.
Student Finance NI
Student Finance NI provides online services and information for those in Northern Ireland interested in the financial help available to students in higher education.
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance Wales provides online services and information for those in Wales interested in the financial help available to students in higher education.
Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) provides online services and information for those in Scotland interested in the financial help available to students in higher education.
Other Sites of Interest
The aim of Lifelong Learning is to provide education for adults from those taking their first steps back into learning to professionals updating their skills. This website contains information designed to encourage, promote and develop lifelong learning.
Gov.uk is the UK government 's website providing public service information and access to public sector services.
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
QCA is committed to building a world-class education and training framework through regulation, development and modernisation of curricula, assessments, examinations and qualifications.
Training and Development Agency for Schools
Formerly the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), the TDA's purpose is to raise standards by improving the quality of training and development for teachers and the wider school workforce.
National Union of Students (NUS)
NUS is a national campaigning voice for students. It carries out educational research, offers legal advice, media work and fund raising. The NUS organises the student identity card and arranges thousands of discounts.
National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
National Bureau for Students with Disabilities is a national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment.
UK's official graduate careers website - information on finding graduate jobs and postgraduate courses.