Skills Funding Agency: common funding rules

Sets out the core funding rules for the 2016 to 2017 funding year. This document forms part of the SFA Funding Rules 2016 to 2017.


Skills Funding Agency: common and performance-management funding rules 2016 to 2017

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The rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). They do not apply to advanced learner loans (except subcontracting rules) or the European Social Fund, please refer to the standalone funding rules for these programmes.

This document forms one of a suite of documents which set out the basis for funding and should be read together with other relevant documents in the suite. This suite of documents and the principles and rules they contain are part of the terms and conditions of funding and must be read with the other contract documents.

Published 28 January 2016
Last updated 30 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. These rules now cover apprenticeship starts until the end of April. This will ensure continuity until the 2017 to 2018 apprenticeship funding rules come in to effect for new starts from May.
  2. We have now published version 3 of the Skills Funding Agency: common funding rules 2016 to 2017.
  3. We have now published Version 2 of the Funding Rules 2016 to 2017. We have updated these based on your feedback, which we have used to clarify some of our content. These documents set out the rules for funding, including the evidence required to support funding for 2016 to 2017. These rules will apply from 1 August 2016.
  4. First published.