Advice: funding regulations for post-16 provision

Advice about post-16 funding regulations.



Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for provision of 16 to 19 education.

These documents give advice about the use of funds for each funding year.

We have only made minor changes to the Funding regulations guidance for 2018 to 2019

  • updated paragraph 28 so that our the rules on student eligibility is clearer and an additional sub-category was added in June 2018
  • updated paragraph 50 to remind all institutions that summer taster programmes are not fundable for either school leavers or students who have completed full time study programmes earlier in the funding year
  • updated annex C and the question and answer section on students attending study programmes for less than 6 weeks to provide answers to questions in respect of the changed guidance from 2017 to 2018 in paragraph 72; the advice in paragraph 72 is unchanged for this year
  • the advice on informing the ESFA when any school or academy intends to close a sixth form has been clarified and moved to the front of Annex E with similar advice in ILR funding returns for ILR funded institutions

Please visit our main funding guidance page for all the latest funding guidance information.

Published 10 March 2014
Last updated 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. the 16 to 19 funding regulations guidance for 2018 to 2019 has been added
  2. Funding regulations and funding advice presentation for 2017 to 2018 has been added.
  3. Added a presentation to support the student eligibility elements of the funding guidance for young people
  4. Advice: funding regulations for post-16 provision 2017 to 2018 has been added
  5. Minor update to 16 to 19 funding guidance to reflect the recently published sub-contracting guidance.
  6. Funding guidance for young people 2016 to 2017 has been added.
  7. Added 15 16 guidance
  8. 2014 to 2015 version added to page
  9. First published.