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DSAs and funding for Microsoft Office

Student Finance England

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Publication date: 20 July 2016

In 2015 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) instructed that from 01 January 2016, Needs Assessors were to recommend the offline version of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to students eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).

Office 365 ProPlus is the no-cost version of Office, available to students with an academic .ac email address: the software is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. However, some institutions are unable to offer their students an offline version of Office 365 ProPlus. BIS agreed that in such instances, DSAs will continue to fund the Microsoft Office Suite.

This continuation of DSAs funding includes all Alternative Providers whose students do not have an academic .ac email address and are unable to access a downloadable version of Office 365 ProPlus. These institutions have an exemption for their students until August 2019, at which point exemptions will be reviewed.

The agreement also includes a number of publically-funded institutions who are currently unable to offer their students access to a downloadable version of Office 365 ProPlus. These exemptions are not indefinite and such providers are expected to enable their students to access a downloadable version of Office 365 ProPlus by the deadline specified. Any extensions will need to be agreed by BIS.

Note: Student Finance England cannot grant exemptions. If an institution is unable to offer their students a downloadable version of Office 365 ProPlus they should contact BIS directly.

Email: disabled.studentallowances@education.gov.uk

It is the needs assessor’s responsibility to check the availability of Office 365 ProPlus to the student. Those providers where DSAs will continue to fund Office Suite software are listed, along with the period of their exemption.

Alternative providers where DSAs may still offer funding for MS Office
Alternative providers Exemption period
ABI College Until 31 August 2021
Academy of Live & Recorded Arts Until 31 August 2021
Access To Music Limited Until 31 August 2021
All Nations Christian College Limited Until 31 August 2021
Apex College (HY Education Ltd) Until 31 August 2021
Architectural Association Until 31 August 2021
Arts Educational Schools Until 31 August 2021
Assemblies of God Incorporated (T/A Mattersey Hall Assemblies of God Bible College) Until 31 August 2021
Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling Until 31 August 2021
Belfast Bible College Until 31 August 2021
BIMM Ltd Until 31 August 2021
BPP University Until 31 August 2021
Bristol Baptist College Until 31 August 2021
Brit College Until 31 August 2021
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts Until 31 August 2021
Cambridge Theological Federation (The) Until 31 August 2021
Carmel College Until 31 August 2021
Centre for Alternative Technology Charity Limited Until 31 August 2021
Chicken Shed Theatre Company Until 31 August 2021
Christie's Education Limited Until 31 August 2021
City & Guilds Of London Art School Limited Until 31 August 2021
City of London College Until 31 August 2021
Cliff College Until 31 August 2021
College Of Integrated Chinese Medicine Until 31 August 2021
Court Theatre Company Until 31 August 2021
Creative Academy (Slough Borough Council) Until 31 August 2021
CWR (Waverley Training And Events, CWR-Waverley Training) Until 31 August 2021
East End Computing & Business College Limited Until 31 August 2021
Empire College London Limited Until 31 August 2021
Essex Primary SCITT Until 31 August 2021
Fairfield School of Business Until 31 August 2021
Free Church Of Scotland College (Edingburgh Theological Seminary) Until 31 August 2021
Futureworks Training Limited Until 31 August 2021
Greenwich School of Management Until 31 August 2021
Holborn College Limited (Kaplan Holborn College) Until 31 August 2021
ICMP Management Limited Until 31 August 2021
ICON College of Technology and Management Until 31 August 2021
ifs University College Until 31 August 2021
Institute of Psychosynthesis (added 19/01/2017) Until 31 August 2021
Inter-Ed UK (The City College) Until 31 August 2021
International College of Oriental Medicine (U.K.) Limited (The) Until 31 August 2021
Irshad Trust (T/A Islamic College for Advanced Studies) Until 31 August 2021
Istituto Marangoni Until 31 August 2021
Kaplan Open Learning Until 31 August 2021
Kensington Education Foundation Limited Until 31 August 2021
KLC Design Ltd Until 31 August 2021
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts Until 31 August 2021
London Bridge Business Academy Until 31 August 2021
London Centre of Contemporary Music Until 31 August 2021
London Churchill College Until 31 August 2021
London International Film School (The) Until 31 August 2021
London School Of Academics Until 31 August 2021
London School of Business & Management Until 31 August 2021
London School of Commerce & It Limited Until 31 August 2021
London School of Management Education Until 31 August 2021
London School Of Theology Until 31 August 2021
London Studio Centre Until 31 August 2021
Luther King House Educational Trust Until 31 August 2021
Matrix College Until 31 August 2021
Met Film School Limited Until 31 August 2021
Mont Rose Until 31 August 2021
Moorlands College Until 31 August 2021
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Limited Until 31 August 2021
Nazarene Theological College Until 31 August 2021
Nelson College Until 31 August 2021
New College of The Humanities (Tertiary Education Services Ltd) Until 31 August 2021
Norland College Until 31 August 2021
Northern College Of Acupuncture Until 31 August 2021
Open College of the Arts Until 31 August 2021
Oxford Business College Until 31 August 2021
Oxfordshire Teacher Training School Centred Initial Teacher Training (OTT SCITT) Until 31 August 2021
Pearson College Limited Until 31 August 2021
Pilgrim Partnership (Sharnbrook Academy Federation) Until 31 August 2021
Point Blank Limited Until 31 August 2021
Regent College Until 31 August 2021
Resource Development International (Arden University) Until 31 August 2021
Richmond, The American International University in London Until 31 August 2021
Royal Academy of Dance Until 31 August 2021
SAE Institute Until 31 August 2021
Sherwood Counselling & Psychotherapy Limited Until 31 August 2021
Somerset Scitt Until 31 August 2021
Springdale College Until 31 August 2021
St Nicholas Montessori Training Ltd (Montessori Centre International) Until 31 August 2021
St Patrick's International College Until 31 August 2021
St. Mellitus College Trust Until 31 August 2021
Stratford College London Limited Until 31 August 2021
Tech Music Until 31 August 2021
Terapia Training in Integrative Child Psychotherapy & Counselling Until 31 August 2021
The Academy of Contemporary Music Limited Until 31 August 2021
The Edward James Foundation Limited (West Dean College) Until 31 August 2021
The Kingham Hill Trust (T/A Oak Hill Theological College) Until 31 August 2021
The Markfield Institute of Higher Education Until 31 August 2021
The Metanoia Institute Until 31 August 2021
The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education Until 31 August 2021
The Minister Centre (added 19/01/2017) Until 31 August 2021
The Salvation Army (William Booth College) Until 31 August 2021
The University of Buckingham Until 31 August 2021
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Until 31 August 2021
Trinity College (Bristol) Limited Until 31 August 2021
Uck Limited Until 31 August 2021
University College Of Estate Management Until 31 August 2021
University of Law (All Campuses) Until 31 August 2021
Wales Evangelical School of Theology Until 31 August 2021
West London College Until 31 August 2021
West London College of Business & Management Science Until 31 August 2021
West London Vocational Training College Until 31 August 2021
Publically funded providers where DSAs may still offer funding for MS Office
Public providers Exemption deadline
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (added 18/01/2017) August 2021
Central School of Ballet August 2021
National Film & Television School August 2021
The National Centre for Circus Arts (added 05/09/2016) August 2021
Yeovil College University Centre August 2021
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