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Fees and funding

Investing in your future is more affordable than you might think. We know there’s a lot to consider when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay. That’s why we keep our fees as low as possible and offer a wide range of flexible payment and funding options. We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential and are confident we can help you find a payment option to fit your circumstances.

Stat graphic - our students receiving a Part-Time Fee GrantFacts

  • In Scotland, over half of our students qualify for funding support via the Part-Time Fee Grant, which covers 100% of course fees.
  • You pay for each OU module separately – you don’t pay for a whole qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • Modules typically cost £504 (30 credits) or £1008 (60 credits).*
  • Most OU students study 60 credits a year over six years for an honours degree.
  • Fees include OU course materials, tutor support, assessments, and exams.
  • Visit our main Fees and Funding page for more information and check course descriptions for details on fees.

*2019/20 prices; there are exceptions to this per credit pricing in the areas of Practice based modules, and level 2 Language modules with residential schools. Check the course description for detailed fee information.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs associated with study such as a laptop, travel, set books and internet access. 

Paying for your study

In Scotland 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.

Part-Time Fee Grant: study for free

Tracey WilsonIn Scotland, more than half of our students are benefitting from the Part-Time Fee Grant to help towards the cost of their tuition fees. If your personal income is £25,000 or less, or you’re on certain benefits, you could qualify for this grant to cover 100% of your course fees. It’s not a loan – you won’t need to pay it back.

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.

Click here for information on how to apply

The part-time fee waiver is just tremendous. I wouldn’t have been able to study without it.

Tracey Wilson (pictured above) from Oban is studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Combined STEM degree

Other ways to pay

  • Pay as you go – find out more about an account with Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) and the option of paying for your study in instalments as you go. You must be at least 18 years of age and credit is subject to your financial circumstances and status.
  • Pay up front – by debit or credit card when you sign up for each module.
  • Employer sponsorship – around one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer. If your study relates to work, your employer may be prepared to pay some or all of your fees. 

Bringing down the cost

Additional financial support

If you are on a low income or in receipt of benefits we have other ways to help. You may be eligible for:

  • A free introductory Access module to build your confidence and skills before moving on to a full OU course. 
  • Help towards study-related costs such as travel, childcare and internet access.

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. It’s not just study completed at a university that can be considered, you can transfer study from a wide range of professional qualifications as well. A full list of the qualifications and institutions we can consider for credit transfer can be found on our credit transfer website.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least four weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide original evidence of your previous study. We will compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen qualification and inform you of any award.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit transfer website. 

Disabled Students 

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is a government grant to cover study support costs if you have a disability. It’s not means tested, and there’s no age limit, but you must be studying at least 60 credits in an academic year, and studying towards a qualification of two years or more.   

You can download the Disabled Students’ Allowance Form and the accompanying Guidance Notes from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) website, or by emailing our Student Support Team to request an application pack at If you need help and support to complete your application, the following video guides will help but we can also be contacted on 0131 226 3851 (option 2).  

If you have not applied for the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) before, this video should help you to complete your application and get it ready to send to The Open University. It also answers some frequently asked questions that students have when filling in the forms. Click here for a transcript of this video.

If you have previously applied for the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), this video should help you to complete your application and get it ready to send to The Open University. It also answers some frequently asked questions that students have when filling in the forms. Click here for a transcript of this video.

For further information about how the OU supports disabled students, visit our Supporting students with disabilities page.

Karis Williamson, Sandy Fea Photography courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy UK

The DSA has been invaluable for my studies, providing the equipment and assistive technology I need to access the course materials, such as an eye-gaze computer, special software, a printer and a bookstand

Karis Williamson, pictured above (left), Sandy Fea Photography courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy UK

Karis, from Inverness, is studying for a BA Open (Honours) Degree. She has congenital muscular dystrophy and is a member of Muscular Dystrophy UK's 'Trailblazer' network, which campaigns on key issues for young disabled people. Read more about Karis' story

Sanitary products

The Open University in Scotland is part of the Scottish Government scheme to offer free sanitary products to our students. Funds of up to £35 are available to support the purchase of sanitary products under this scheme. To be eligible for funds, you must be resident in Scotland and enrolled on a module for the current academic year. Subject to continued funding of the scheme, you can apply each year that you are registered with us.

To apply, please send an email to with your namestudent personal identifier and your current module code.

A nationwide survey is taking place until 2 September 2019 to gather experiences from students in universities, colleges and schools who have used the scheme. Find out more.

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