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I already hold a degree - will I get financial support?

If you are a degree holder you cannot receive statutory support unless you are topping up to an ordinary degree from a foundation degree or to an honours degree from an ordinary degree. There may be some discretionary support available and for further information contact the Financial Support Office on 01908 653411.


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I'll be studying less than 30 credits, am I eligible for financial support?

If the module starts before 1st September 2014 you may be eligible for some support. Please see the information on ways to pay for a standalone course.
More information on modules of less than 30 credits starting after 1st September 2014 will be available later in the year.


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Can I get financial help towards the fees associated with OU study?

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR QUALIFICATIONS STARTING BEFORE 1 SEPTEMBER 2014
You may be eligible for a fee grant to help with module fees. Eligibility for a fee grant is based on your financial circumstances, any qualifications you may already hold, your study intentions and meeting the residency criteria. For more detailed information on what may be available to you use our eligibility checker.


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What is the Fee Grant and who is eligible?

The fee grant is a non-repayable grant provided by the government to help support students with module fees. If you are studying a module of 30 credits or more towards a qualification that is lower than any you already hold you may be eligible to apply. To find out more about the eligibility criteria and how much you may receive use our online eligibility checker.


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Can I get financial help towards my study costs?

There is support available to help towards your study related costs such as books, travel, internet access and even a new computer. The support towards study related costs is means tested and you will need to meet certain study and residence criteria.
The course grant is available to students who are receiving certain benefits or have a household income of no more than £28,180. Allowances are made if you live with a partner and/or children and means your household income could be more and you would still receive some support. The course grant can be worth as much as £1,155. Support is only available if you are studying towards an undergraduate qualification higher than any you already hold.
If you are experiencing financial hardship you may also be able to get additional help towards your study costs. To be eligible you must be in receipt of certain benefits or have a household income of no more than £25,000. There are no allowances for a partner or children and you can only apply for support once your module has started and you are actively studying. You will need to provide evidence of the costs you are claiming for. You can apply for this support if you are studying towards either an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.


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