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ERA has held discussions with the Association of Colleges, Colleges Scotland, Colleges Wales and Colleges Northern Ireland to lead to publication of a tariff that will apply for new single ERA Licences issued from 1 August 2014 when applied to students in establishments of Further Education who are over the age of 18 and not undertaking courses of Higher Education.

The terms of the single ERA Licence provide for tariff rates to be published on the ERA website.

ERA has previously published tariffs that will apply to students under the age of 18 and students undertaking courses of HE when attending colleges of Further Education.

The annual tariff for students in Educational Establishments of Further Education who are over the age of 18 at the start of the education year and who are undertaking courses of Further Education will be £1.50 for each full time student or for each full time equivalent student.

The rate for a  “full time equivalent” student will be applied against 450 guided learning hours for students who are not full time students, when the £1.50 tariff is applicable.

The rate will apply for new single ERA Licences issued with a commencement date on or after 1 August 2014.

From 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015 the annual tariffs that may apply to students undertaking courses at Further Education establishments will be:-

(a) for students in educational establishments of Further Education (including former Sixth Form Colleges)  who have not attained the age of 18 at the start of the education year – 89p per student

(b) for students who are over the age of 18 at the start of the education year and who are undertaking courses of Further Education – £1.50 for each full time student or for each full time equivalent

(c) for students who have attained the age of 18 at the start of the educational year when undertaking courses of Higher Education will be £2.35 for each full time student or for each full time equivalent.

Further discussions will take place concerning any changes to the tariff to apply from 1 August 2015.