Invoice HESA identifier(INVOICEHESAID)

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Invoice HESA identifier
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England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All StudentCourseSessions except where Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE exists or (SessionStatus.STATUSCHANGEDTO = 02 for the entire reference period) or (Leaver.ENGENDDATE - Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE <= 14 days and RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12).

The field records the majority source of tuition fee funding to the StudentCourseSession.

Student Loans Company (SLC)

Where the SLC pays a student's fee in full or pays the majority of the fee, 5026 'SLC' would be returned in this field.

Unless otherwise specified below, in cases where there is a 50/50 split between different sources, either may be returned as the majority source.

If there is a 50/50 split between the SLC and the student's own funds, then 5026 ‘SLC’ would be returned.

If there is a 50/50 split between the SLC and another source (other than the student's own funds), the other source should be recorded in this field.

If the student is known to be using a postgraduate loan from the SLC to pay their fees, 5026 ‘SLC’ should be returned in this field. If the student is paying their fees directly to the provider and it is not known whether they are using a postgraduate loan (or another source) to do so, 5050 ‘Fees paid by student’ should be returned.

If the student is receiving any funding from the SLC, the Student.SSN field must be returned.

5050 'Fees paid by student'

Valid entry 5050 'Fees paid by student' should be returned where the majority of the StudentCourseSession was paid for by the student i.e. where there is a minority of award, fee loan or financial backing.

Other valid entries should be used in preference to 5050 where it is known that the student has received their funds from one of the sources listed here, for example when an employer is paying for the course and has given the money to the student, this would need to be returned as valid entry 5028.

5028 'Student's employer'

5028 ‘Student’s employer' should be used in preference to other codes where it is known that the source of the tuition fees is the student's employer. For example, if the student is employed by a charitable foundation that pays their fees, 5028 should be returned rather than 5030 'Other charitable foundation'.

School Direct programmes (Non-Early Years Initial Teacher training programmes)

The Department of Education (DfE) has provided some guidance for instances associated with the School Direct programme.

For School Direct salaried students (Engagement.ENTRYRTE =03), INVOICEHESAID must be returned as 5028 'Student's employer'.

For School Direct tuition fee students (Engagement.ENTRYRTE =02), INVOICEHESAID must be returned as the appropriate source of the tuition fees.

5008 ‘DfE(NI)’

This code should be used for students that the DfE(NI) fund directly, such as some PhD enrolments.

5021 'SAAS'

This code should be used for students that the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) fund directly.

5045 ‘Other UK Research Council’

This code should be used for students where the research council is not specified or there is cross-council funding. 

No fees
Valid entry 9996 'Other' should be returned where no fees are charged. Please note that for 2023/24 a new valid entry will be added to be returned where there are 'No fees'. 


Where a student interrupts their programme of study, and then continues a short time later, leading to an extension to their programme, and a fee is not payable for the extension period because the extension period is covered by the fee paid for the student course session that was interrupted, then, for the extension period, the source of fee for the student course session that was interrupted should be returned in INVOICEHESAID.

Reason Required
To monitor payment of fees, to monitor the organisations which pay students' fees, including the SLC, government bodies, research councils and other sources.
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Valid Values
CodeCoding Frame Label
5001UK Armed forces
5002Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
5003Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
5006Departments of Health/NHS/Social Care not elsewhere specified
5007Departments of Social Services
5009Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
5012Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
5013EU Commission (EC)
5018Medical Research Council (MRC)
5019Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
5022Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
5028Student's employer
5030Other charitable foundation
5031Other HM government department/public body
5033Other overseas funding
5034Other overseas industry or commerce
5040Other UK industry or commerce
5042Other UK local government
5045Other UK Research Council
5048Overseas government
5050Fees paid by Student
5053Education Workforce Council (EWC)
5055Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)
5058Provider own funds
5059Local Government - Channel Islands and Isle of Man
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