Access agreement

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) is the independent public body that regulates fair access to higher education in England. OFFA seek to ensure that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have equal opportunity to participate and succeed, on a course and in an institution that best fit their potential, needs and ambitions.

All universities wishing to charge higher tuition fees must develop an Access Agreement which sets out:

  • their proposed tuition fee limits
  • what they intend to do to promote / sustain access, student success and progression
  • how much that will cost
  • their targets and milestones
  • how they are going to tell students about financial support they are offering

Access agreements must be submitted annually, but the commitments made in each agreement remain in force for the cohort of students who entered in the year it applies to, throughout their studies.

Buckinghamshire New University's 2017-18 Access Agreement has now received approval from OFFA and applies to students starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.

You can find a full record of our Access Agreements on the OFFA website.