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Guidance and useful information

Latest monitoring guidance

Our latest monitoring guidance – which is produced jointly with the Higher Education Funding Council for England – sets out the information we need from institutions for the monitoring of access agreements, student opportunity allocation and end-of-year monitoring of the National Scholarship Programme for 2014-15.

The guidance is available here: How to complete your 2014-15 monitoring return (OFFA publication 2015/07, HEFCE publication 2015/31). The deadline to submit your monitoring return is noon on Wednesday 20 January 2016.  

You may also wish to download a sample template for 2014-15 monitoring as a PDF document.

Latest access agreement guidance

Each year, we publish detailed guidance on writing your access agreement. The latest guidance was published in February 2015 and is available here: 

How to produce an access agreement for 2016-17 (OFFA publication 2015/01) – Guidance for universities and colleges that wish to charge above the basic tuition fee in 2016-17.

You may also wish to consult:


Other guidance

For general guidance and information to help you keep your access agreement up to date and in line with best practice, and answers to questions we are commonly asked by university and college practitioners, please click on the relevant topic in the list below.

You can also look at the archive of previous annual guidance and the archive of guidance notes we have issued on specific topics. However, please be aware that the guidance in these archives may have been superseded by later guidance.

If your query is not answered anywhere on these pages please contact us.

Topic briefings

In order to better support universities and colleges to make further and faster progress, we have launched a series of ‘topic briefings’. Each briefing in the series will focus on a different topic, bringing together evidence, good practice and resources to help universities and colleges develop smarter, more evidence-led policy and practice. The briefings give an overview of what we’re seeing in access agreements, provide examples of innovative and effective practice, and pose questions for universities and colleges to consider how best to make progress in their own context and circumstances. Our first briefing, on mature learners, was published in June 2015. We will update our topic briefings page whenever new briefings are available. 


If your query is not answered on these pages please contact us.