The Office for Fair Access closed at the end of 31 March 2018 and responsibility for higher education access regulation transferred to the Office for Students

Quick facts

Please note that all information refers to England only unless otherwise stated.

You can find explanations of technical terms such as financial support, fair access, student success and progression in our online Glossary.

Briefing on fair access – progress made and remaining challenges 

Click here to download a PDF of the briefing Fair access to higher education – key facts and biggest issues

Access agreements: summary statistics

This information is drawn from English universities’ and colleges’ access agreements.

Number of access agreements

Academic year of access agreements Number of higher education institutions with access agreements Number of further education colleges with access agreements Total number of access agreements
2017-18 (current academic year) 123 75 198
2018-19 (next academic year) 123 84 207

Tuition fees charged by English universities and colleges

2017-18 access agreements (current academic year)

For students studying in the academic year 2017-18:

For more details, including a breakdown of fees at each university or college with an access agreement, see OFFA publication 2016/07, 2017-18 access agreements: institutional expenditure and fee levels.

2018-19 access agreements (next academic year)

For students studying in the academic year 2018-19:

For more details, including a breakdown of provisional fees at each university or college with an access agreement, see OFFA publication 2017/08, Access agreements 2018-19: key statistics and analysis (revised).

How much money do universities and colleges spend under their access agreements?

This chart shows actual investment by universities and colleges monitored by OFFA up to and including academic year 2015-16 (the most recent round of monitoring that we have completed), and future investment that universities and colleges have told us they plan to make in academic years 2016-17 and beyond.

Please note that access agreement expenditure is not the only funding that universities and colleges commit to widening participation and improving access; their total investment towards these aims may be higher than shown in this chart.

Access agreement investment (excluding Government contribution to National Scholarship Programme), 2011-12 to 2019-20

In the academic year 2015-16 (the most recent year for which we have data on actual investment), universities and colleges spent £725.2 million on access measures under their access agreements. This represents 27.4 per cent of their income from fees above the basic level.

Of this, they spent:

For more details of past investment see OFFA publication 2017/02, Outcomes of access agreement monitoring for 2015-16, or download our monitoring outcomes tool [MS Excel].

For more details of planned future investment, including individual institutions’ predicted spending, see OFFA publication 2017/06, Access agreements 2018-19: key statistics and analysis.