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Care Experienced Bursary

For the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years, we’re offering OU students with experience of care a £250 bursary.

If you’ve previously been in, or are currently in care, the Care Experienced Bursary could award you with £250 to help with study-related costs, such as internet or computer equipment.

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Care Experienced Bursary

Our Care Experienced Bursary offers an award to registered students who are currently in, or have previously been in, the care of a Local Authority; for any length of time and at any stage in their life. This includes adopted children who were previously in care.

Eligible students may have been in care in one of many different settings, such as residential care, foster care, kinship care, or living at home under the supervision of a Social Worker.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Care Experienced Bursary, you’ll need to meet all the following criteria:

  • ordinarily resident in the UK and eligible for a UK module fee
  • able to demonstrate proof of care experience
  • have a gross personal income of no more than £25,000 per year, or be in receipt of a qualifying benefit
  • studying at least 30 credits of Open University undergraduate or postgraduate study during either the 2020/21 or 2021/22 academic years (01 August 2020 to 31 July 2022).

Applying for the Care Experienced Bursary

If you’re a student who meets the eligibility criteria and would like to apply, you can complete the online webform on StudentHome. Forms are assessed once received and applicants receive an email with the outcome within 10 working days.

Students who submit an eligible application will receive a £250 cash payment via bank transfer.

Study-Related Costs Funding

We also offer additional support to OU students on a low income, or who are in receipt of qualifying benefits, through our Study-Related Costs Funding.

This non-repayable fund could help repay the cost of additional set books, internet access, childcare and more.

Find out more about our support for study costs