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.
- 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 £479 (30 credits) or £958 (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.
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.
Try our online eligibility checker to see if you might qualify for financial support.
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.
"The part-time fee waiver is just tremendous. I wouldn’t have been able to study without it."
Tracey Wilson (pictured right) from Oban is studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Health Sciences degree.
Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs)
These are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland. If you have a personal income of £22,000 a year or less, or you are on benefits, you may be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training which would be most suited to individual modules of less than 30 credits, if you’ve not studied with us before.
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.
Students with disabilities
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 bookstand.”
Karis Williamson (pictured left, with her mum. Photo 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.
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.
Speak to an adviser
If you’d prefer to talk through your options, you can contact us to speak to an adviser.
*2017/18 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.