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

Bursaries and other support

Depending on your circumstances, you could be eligible to apply for one or more of the following:

OU Access modules

If your household income is not more than £25,000, you could take one of our introductory Access modules for free.

Study-Related Costs Funding

After you’ve started studying, if you’re eligible, you could access reimbursements for some additional study costs.

Carers’ Scholarships Fund

If you are, or have recently been, an unpaid carer, you may be able to study a full OU qualification for free.

Open Futures Bursaries

If you identify as being from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, you could get £1,000 towards study or living costs.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

You could access financial support towards study costs incurred as a result of your disability.

Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund

If you’ve been injured in, or as a result of military service, you could study a full OU qualification for free.

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


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