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The Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) is the student charity where funds raised by students are used to benefit students in financial hardship. It is a separate registered charity operated by the OU Students Association.

After many years of campaigning, some of the worst forms of discrimination against part time students have at last begun to be addressed. However, despite all these advances, there are still those students in financial need who fall through the net and OUSET has a small fund for which these students can apply. You can download a comprehensive guide to OUSET or follow the links below for more information:



New timeframes for making funding applications to OUSET

In the past, OUSET has accepted funding applications at any time throughout the year. However, due to the increasing volume of applications over recent years, the Trust has decided to specify a timeframe for accepting applications.

Applications (for funding required in advance of a module start date) that are received after the stated deadline will not be considered before the module start date.

Please note the following deadlines:

For assistance with modules starting in: We will accept applications from: Your application should reach us by no later than:
October 2016 Tuesday 2nd February 2016 Thursday 11th August 2016
November 2016 Wednesday 2nd March 2016 Friday 2nd September 2016
February 2017 Friday 3rd June 2016 Friday 2nd December 2016
April 2017 Wednesday 3rd August 2016 Friday 3rd February 2017
May 2017 Thursday 22nd September 2016 Friday 3rd March 2017


Other sources of financial support

There is a range of financial support available through the OU to help you pay for fees and study costs. The type and level of financial support you are entitled to varies, and depends not only on where you live but on your income, previous qualifications, level of intended study and when you intend to start studying. For more information please refer to the OU Financial Support page.

10 reasons to get involved

Join in the discussions on our Forums, Facebook and Twitter.

Influence how the University is run and get the student voice heard.

Get involved in societies and events.

Join in with the many volunteering opportunities.

An opportunity to debate the issues most important to you, hear inspirational speakers and socialise with other students.

Talk to a peer supporter or share advice with other students.

Help support other students to study or access help for yourself.

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