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Fees and Funding

In Northern Ireland we have a range of payment and financial support options to meet your individual needs and to help you meet your study goals – whether you’re studying a single module or working towards a qualification.

How can I pay for my studies?

For the 2017/18 academic year funding options in NI are changing. The current system of non-repayable fee and course grant support will continue to be available for those in receipt of state benefits or who have a low household income. In addition to this, a part-time tuition fee loan, which can be used as a top-up to the fee grant is being introduced and will add to the range of payment options available for self-funding students.  The application processes for fee grants and loans will open on 11th June. 

Other payment options also include paying in instalments as you go (through an Open University student budget account), employer sponsorship, and paying upfront with a debit or credit card.

Visit our main Fees and Funding page for details.

Financial support 

If you’re on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to apply for grants or financial support towards your module fees or the additional costs of study. Try out our online eligibility checker to see if you might qualify.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, you may qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to help with any related additional study costs. 

Credit transfer

If you have previously studied elsewhere at higher education level, we may be able to award you credit transfer towards an OU qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. 

How much does it cost?

Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis. If you’re studying for a qualification, you won't have to pay the whole cost upfront. 

In Northern Ireland, our typical fee for a 30-credit module is £479 or for a 60 credit module is £958.* The number of credits in a qualification ranges from 120 for a certificate, to 360 for an honours degree. Most part time students study 60 credits a year.

2017/18 prices; fees vary depending on your choice of module and normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. Prices for professionally relevant qualifications may be significantly higher.

Visit our main Fees and Funding page for more information. Qualification descriptions also include detailed fee information.

If you’d prefer to talk through your options, you can contact us to speak to an adviser.

Students from other EU countries