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Help with other costs

We have a range of 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.

Additional financial support

If you are on a low income or in receipt of benefits you may be eligible for:

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at higher education level - such as at another university or a Higher National Certificate or Diploma (HNC/D) studied at a college - you may be able to count it towards your OU qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our credit transfer website

Disabled Students

 OU graduate Karis, photographed by Chris FloydThe 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.   

A step-by-step guide and a video on how to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is available on the following help page (there is an online application process from September 2020 onwards):

Should you have a DSA enquiry you would like to discuss with us, please call 0131 226 3851 or email

For further information about how the OU supports disabled students, 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)

Karis, from Inverness, gained an OU Bachelor of Arts 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.


Photo credit: Chris Floyd

If you’d prefer to talk through your options:

If you haven’t applied or studied with us yet visit new student enquiries or call 0300 303 5303

If you’ve already applied, or are studying with us log in to StudentHome for your personalised contact details.