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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 fee payment options that are tailored to you.

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How much will it cost?

Your Open University qualification will be made up of a series of modules. Every module has a fee and added together, they give you the total cost of the qualification. You'll pay for each module separately, rather than paying for the whole qualification in advance.

Our fee for a standard 30-credit module is £1,464, and for a standard 60-credit module it's £2,928*. Most of our students study 60 credits per year over six years for an honours degree. 

Our costs are transparent so you know what's expected from the outset of your studies. Study materials, tuition and assessment and exams are all included in our fees. See additional costs for other expenses you may need to plan for.

Paying for your fees

You'll pay for your study when you register for each module, with a tuition fee loan, a credit or debit card or via bank transfer.

Everything about studying with us is flexible including payment options. More than 60% of students studying with us in England take out a tuition fee loan to pay for their studies. Alternatively, you could pay for your studies in instalments, spreading the cost to 'pay as you go'.

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.

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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.

*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

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