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:|
|April 2017||Wednesday, 3 August 2016||Friday, 3 February 2017*|
|May 2017||Thursday, 22 September 2016||Friday, 3 March 2017|
|October 2017||Thursday, 9 March 2017||Thursday, 3 August 2017|
|November 2017||Thursday, 9 March 2017||Thursday, 31 August 2017|
|February 2018||Thursday, 18 May 2017||Thursday, 23 November 2017|
|April 2018||Thursday, 3 August 2017||Thursday, 1 February 2018|
|May 2018||Thursday, 17 August 2017||Thursday, 15 February 2018|
* The application submission deadline for modules starting in April 2017 has been extended to Friday 24th February 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.