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Applying for your part-time fee grant

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If you live in Scotland and you have an individual income of £25,000 per year or less, you may be eligible for a part-time fee grant for undergraduate study.

For undergraduate modules starting in February 2020, the guaranteed application date to apply for your fee grant, without paying the fees yourself first, is 9 January 2020. The final date to make your course/module reservation is also 9 January 2020.(Tuition fee loans are available for postgraduate study).

Most students sign up for 60 credits in a year, but the Part-Time Fee Grant is flexible and allows you to study between 30 credits and 120 credits annually.

You can find out more about the grant, and if you are eligible, from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Once you have checked your eligibility with SAAS and registered for your preferred course with The Open University, these are your next steps:

1. Get your forms ready

The short video below will help you complete your SAAS application. It also answers some frequently asked questions that students have when filling in the forms.

You can download the SAAS Part Time Fee Grant application form from their website. Call the SAAS helpline on 0300 300 3137 if you need help with the form. You'll also need your income or benefit evidence.

You need to print out your OU registration agreement too, from the online registration pathway from your StudentHome page and sign it.


2. Confirm your place

Once you have completed your SAAS form and printed your OU registration agreement, you will need to post all of these together, with your income/benefit evidence, to us at: 

Student Recruitment Team
The Open University in Scotland
10 Drumsheugh Gardens

We will then endorse your SAAS application, send all your forms and documents on to SAAS for processing, and register you on your module. SAAS will take up to 28 days to assess your application and they will send you an award letter.

There is no need to send this to us as we will be notified of the outcome of your application directly by SAAS.

3. Start studying!

Once your enrolment is complete we'll send you the information you need to start studying. While you’re waiting for the course to begin, why not have a look at the induction resources?

If you have any questions or concerns, please phone us on 0300 303 5303 – and good luck with your study!


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Applying for your part-time fee grant

If you live in Scotland and you have an individual income of £25,000 per year or less, you may be eligible for a part-time fee grant for undergraduate study.

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