A tool to help colleges compare their financial performance with others in the sector.


College financial benchmarking tool

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College financial benchmarking tool: guidance



Users can filter the benchmark population based on certain criteria. The tool provides a number of benchmarking reports, trend analysis and access to the underlying datasets.

This version of the tool includes data submitted in colleges’ finance records for two years:

  • 2017 to 2018
  • 2018 to 2019

Additional information is set out in our college accounts direction.

Published 10 April 2017
Last updated 30 June 2020 + show all updates

  1. We have updated the college financial benchmarking tool with data from 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019.

  2. We have published an updated version of the college financial benchmarking tool and have updated the accompanying guidance.

  3. We have updated the college financial benchmarking tool with improved data accuracy.

  4. Page updated for 2017 to 2018.

  5. First published.