Subscription to the OIA 2016

Subscriptions 2016

The OIA is funded by subscriptions from member providers, at a level determined by the OIA Board. The information on this page gives full details for 2016, taking into account the extension of membership from 1 September 2015 under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

For the purposes of subscriptions the OIA year runs from January to December and where appropriate, rates will be pro-rated for example where a provider joins the OIA Scheme part way through a year.

Core subscription fee rates

The table below sets out the core fee rates for 2016; these will be pro-rated for providers joining the OIA Scheme during the year. Band AA for member providers with 200 or fewer students was introduced in 2015; this is to take account of the smaller number of HE students at some member providers. For FE colleges and Sixth-Form colleges which provide HE ('HE in FE Providers') there is a reduction of 30 per cent in the core subscription fee. This is to reflect the different regulatory and funding environment in FE where HE makes up a relatively small proportion of total student numbers.

The Board agreed an increase in core subscription fee rates for 2016 of 2.5%, in October 2015. The Board will review and decide any changes to subscription levels for 2017, in October 2016, and annually thereafter.

 2016 Subs chart

Providers of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITTs)

All SCITTs will pay the same core subscription fee for 2016 at £240 per annum, which will be pro-rated for SCITTs joining during the year. Subscription fee rates for SCITTs will be reviewed in 2016 for 2017, and then annually thereafter.

Franchise-only providers

Providers whose only HE provision is franchised from another provider will pay a core subscription fee for 2016 of £240 per annum; this will be pro-rated for franchise-only providers joining the OIA Scheme part way through the year. Subscription fee rates for franchise-only providers will be reviewed in 2016 for 2017, and then annually thereafter.

Data source and period

Date source and period 2016

Case-related element of subscriptions

Subscriptions may also include a smaller case-related element which is charged where the number of complaints received by the OIA from students at the provider in the previous year exceeded the band's point threshold. Each case that students bring to us above that number incurs 'points' and then the number of points the provider is over the threshold determines the fee.

There is one point for each case that is ineligible for OIA review, two points where the case is settled or withdrawn before it goes to full review and, from 2016, four points where the case goes all the way to full review. Where a complaint is judged 'vexatious' by the OIA it will not incur any points. Group and linked complaints will be dealt with on a case by case basis. The OIA will make the final decision about which category any case falls into and may need to make some assumptions at year end which will be amended later as appropriate.

Each point over the threshold is currently worth £230.

Bands and Points 2016

The points threshold will be pro-rated for providers joining the OIA Scheme part way through the year. However, the points threshold will not be reduced below 4 points to ensure each provider will not pay the case element for the first case received by the OIA during the calendar year.

The case element will be invoiced by March each year for the previous year's cases. Interim statement information will be provided in-year  to help with record keeping.

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You can also view information for Subscriptions 2017