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Introducing access agreements

What is an access agreement?

Access agreements set out how institutions will sustain or improve access and student success, which includes retention, attainment and employability. An access agreement must set out:

Who has to have an access agreement?

From 2012-13, you need to have an OFFA-approved access agreement if you:

You will need an access agreement if you propose to charge any fees above these levels, even if only for one student on one course.

For more information, see OFFA publication 2013/01, How to produce an access agreement for 2014-15.

How much do you need to spend under your access agreement?

Our guidance (OFFA publication 2013/01) sets out broad guidelines on expenditure levels. It makes clear that we will expect significantly more from institutions with low proportions of students from under-represented groups. If we have any concerns about the level of investment proposed in your draft access agreement, we will discuss this with you before we enter the formal decision making procedure.

For some students, you are required to provide a specific level of financial support under either the minimum bursary scheme or the National Scholarship Programme. Follow the links to find out more.

How long do access agreements last?

Pre 2012-13 access agreements can cover a period of up to five years. Access agreements for 2012-13 and subsequent years are subject to annual review.