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.
There may be additional costs associated with study such as a laptop, travel, set books and internet access.
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.
In 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.
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) Health Sciences degree
If you are on a low income or in receipt of benefits we have other ways to help. You may be eligible for:
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 Scotland-AFSP-Scheme@open.ac.uk with your name, student personal identifier and your current module code.
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 a year to apply.
For more details, visit our Supporting students with disabilities page.
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 bookstandKaris 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.
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.
*2018/19 prices; there are exceptions to this per credit pricing in the areas of Practice based modules, outgoing Law programme modules and level 2 Language modules with residential schools. Check the course description for detailed fee information.
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