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Fees and funding in England

An Open University qualification is more affordable than you might think.

In this section, learn how much your course will cost and how to finance your studies. Our Finance Finder will highlight possible funding options that are tailored to you.

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How much will it cost?

Open University qualifications are made up of a series of modules. Every module has an individual fee – added together, they give you the total cost. You'll pay for each of your modules as you study them, rather than for the whole qualification up front.

Our fee for a 30-credit module is £1,506*, and for a 60-credit module it's £3,012*. Study materials, tuition, assessment and exams are all included in our fees. See additional costs for other expenses you may need to plan for.


Studying part-time for a 360-credit honours degree at a rate of one 60-credit module a year, would cost £3,012* per year and take six years to complete. At today’s prices, the total cost would be £18,072. That’s about two thirds the cost of an equivalent qualification offered at a campus-based university.

Paying for your studies

Everything about studying with us is flexible, including payment options. You can pay for each module with a Part-Time Tuition Fee loan (also known as a student loan), a monthly payment plan, a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer.

Almost 80% of students studying with us in England take out a tuition fee loan to fund their studies. There are other ways you could pay for your studies too: if you work, you might be able to secure funding from your employer.

Our Finance Finder will tell you more.

I couldn’t have studied through other universities because of the cost. The value for money that you got from the OU was incredible and, along with the flexibility of distance learning, it did make it a more feasible option.

Julie McGuinness, BA (Hons) Open

I wanted to prove I could achieve my aspirations of being an engineer. Full-time courses weren’t an option as I had to work. That’s when I enrolled on a course with the OU, covering the cost with a student loan, as it offered the perfect balance between earning and learning.

Steph Lee, studying Bachelor of Engineering

Additional costs

When calculating costs, remember to bear in mind the following:

  • In order to study with us, you'll need your own computer and broadband internet access. There may also be additional costs associated with set books and travel to tutorials.
  • If you're interested in professional accreditation, fees may apply. Further information can be found in the qualification descriptions.
  • If you choose to study a module that involves attending a residential school, the cost of travel to the venue isn't included in the module fee. There may also be additional costs for meals and accommodation whilst you're at a residential school.

Other support available

If you’re receiving benefits or your income is less than £25,000 we have three ways to help:

  • You may be eligible for a free introductory Access module to build your confidence and skills before moving on to a full Open University qualification. For more details, visit our Access page.
  • After you’ve registered on your chosen qualification, you may be eligible for an OU Bursary of up to a maximum value of £3,000 to help with costs.
  • After you’ve started studying, you may be eligible for financial help with study-related costs like travel, childcare and internet access.

If you have a disability:

  • The Disabled Students' Allowance is a government grant to cover study support costs if you have a disability. It’s not means tested, and there’s no age limit. For more details, visit our Supporting students with disabilities page.
  • If your disability is as a result of being injured in, or due to, military service, you could be eligible for our Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund.
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Interested in second degree funding?

Student loans are now available to study a second degree part-time in a range of subjects.

Learn more about our degree holder loans

*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2020. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

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