Care experienced Open University students in Scotland can apply for financial support available specifically to help them with study related costs.
We know that many care experienced students have faced challenges in accessing higher education and in managing their studies alongside everything else going on in their lives. This financial support intends to recognise care experienced students’ achievements and provide some extra support where needed.
The definition of care experience we use is anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short, including adopted children who were previously looked after.
There is a Care Experienced Bursary available for general study related costs:
There are also other means of financial support available to OU students. For example, through Disabled Students' Allowance, Discretionary Funds (sign in required), or the Connecting Scotland initiative (the Digital Inclusion Fund has closed for applications).