Dear Student Loans Company Limited, I would like to request a copy of your policy framework in relation to funding for prisoners/secure environment

Yours faithfully,
Stacey

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Dear Ms Brewer

I refer to your recent email dated 12 July 2019 requesting the following
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”):

“….a copy of your policy framework in relation to funding for
prisoners/secure environment”

Response

Please note firstly that the (or indeed any) policy framework relating to
student finance is not that of Student Loans Company Limited (“SLC”) but
that of the relevant Governmental administration. Each Governmental
administration develops and sets its own policy framework and policies.
SLC's role is to implement those policies on behalf of each relevant
administration.

Policy information relating to funding for prisoners is held by SLC for
England, Wales and Northern Ireland, however the majority of this
information is exempt from disclosure under section 21(1) of the FOIA as it
is reasonably accessible to by other means. SLC does not hold such
information for Scotland. The majority of the policy frameworks can be
found in Policy Guidance Chapters which are published on the Student
Finance England Practitioners’ website at
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/poli... and the Student Finance Wales
Practitioners’ pages at
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/pr...
. The information that follows is split between what is publicly available
and therefore exempt under section 21(1) of the FOIA and information that
is not readily available in the public domain.

Information exempt under section 21(1) of the FOIA

England

· Assessing Eligibility Guidance -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- section 1.4
· Assessing Financial Entitlement Guidance -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- page 6
· Disabled Students’ Allowance Guidance –
o new students from 2016/17 -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...

- section 3.1.6
o continuing students who started before 2016/17) -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- page 12
· Grants for Dependants Guidance -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- section 3.1
· Part-time Guidance -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- section 2.2.6
· Advanced Learner Loan Guidance Chapter -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- section 2.6 (this is for academic year 2018/19 – 2019/20 Guidance
is due for publication shortly)
· Postgraduate Guidance –
o Postgraduate Masters -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- section 2.7
o Postgraduate Doctoral -
https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/medi...
- section 2.7

Wales

· Assessing Eligibility Guidance -
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
- section 1.4
· Assessing Financial Entitlement Guidance -
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
– page 6
· Disabled Students’ Allowance Guidance-
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
- page 7

· Grants for Dependants Guidance -
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
- section 2.3
· Part-time Guidance -
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
- section 4.10
· Postgraduate Guidance –
o Postgraduate Masters -
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
- page 11
o Postgraduate Doctoral -
https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/me...
- section 2.7

Northern Ireland

For Northern Ireland, SLC does not assess applications for any products
other than Education Maintenance Allowance (“EMA”), therefore does not hold
policy guidance documents, however we can refer you to the Education
(Student Support) (No 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009, as amended –
available online at
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2009/... (amendments
available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/changes/af...)
– I would refer you to regulations 39(9) and (10), 95(8) and (9), 63(5), 64
(6), 101(9) and (10), 105(3)(e) and (5), 122(3)(e) and (4), 149(3)(d) and
(7) and Schedule 4, paragraph 2(g).

Information that is not readily available in the public domain

Please find below a summary of the policy position for a number of products
administered by SLC:
· Further Education Welsh Government Learning Grant (“WGLG”);
· EMA (Wales); and
· EMA (Northern Ireland)

WGLG - students are not eligible for WGLG for periods spent in custody in
prison or a young offender institution (this includes persons released on
temporary license to attend a designated course). A student may apply for
support at any time prior to completing their custodial sentence in AY
2019/20, but such applications will not be considered until such time as
the person has been released from custody.

Where the student is a prisoner for part of the AY, WGLG will be pro-rated
and paid for the periods of the AY when the student is not a prisoner.

EMA (Wales) - A young person who is in custody or detention within the
youth justice system will be treated as an ‘exempt person’ and will not be
subject to the household income assessment if they are eligible for EMA.

Ex-young offenders, who return for a second year of study shall be excluded
from the auto rollover process and instead will be required to complete an
EMA application pack and submit all relevant information and evidence as is
required through the standard application process.

EMA (Northern Ireland) - Prisoner students (whether on remand or sentenced)
are currently ineligible for funding.

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Yours sincerely

Ray Gribben| Solicitor
Student Loans Company
100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JD
ext: 33841 direct dial: 0141 243 3841

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