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​Scottish Funding Council Returns


Planning and Business Intelligence is responsible for student funding returns to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).  These returns are most notably the Early Statistics Return in December and the Final Figures return in September. The Scottish Funding Council uses the Early Statistics Return to collect information on students eligible for funding at the higher education institutions funded by SFC.


SFC uses the information collected through the Early Statistics Return to:

  • Monitor overall levels of enrolments of students eligible for funding;
  • Monitor use of allocations of funded places;
  • Monitor adherence to the consolidation policies for controlled and non‐ controlled subject areas;
  • Inform the recommended intakes and allocations of funded places for the controlled subject areas.