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How much will study at the OU cost?

The cost of OU study is dependent on a number of factors - where you live, what type of qualification or module you are studying and the number of credits you plan to study. You can find more information on the cost and how you can pay at what you can expect to pay for undergrauate study, and ways to pay for postgraduate study.


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How can I pay for an OU qualification?

We offer a range of payment methods to help you pay for OU qualifications and modules. You can choose a payment method to suit you and ensure your study is affordable. You can find more information on paying for your OU qualification on our Ways to pay for a qualification website.


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How can I pay for a standalone module?

We offer a range of payment methods to help you pay for OU qualifications and modules. You can choose a payment method to suit you and ensure your study is affordable. You can find more information on paying for your OU qualification on our Ways to pay for a standalone module website.


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When do I need to pay?

Once you have asked for a place to be held on your chosen module you will be given an expiry date by which to make payment; this is generally six weeks after your place has been held. If you need more time to enrol on the module you can contact us to see if the expiry date can be extended. You can find the final date by which your registration must be completed on the individual module descriptions.

b>Sponsorship If your sponsor has completed an Individual Sponsorship Agreement and has not made payment in advance by credit card we will send them an invoice approximately four weeks after the module start date.

Students in England or Wales who take out a Part-time Tuition Fee Loan You start to repay your loan from the April four years after your course started - or the April after you leave your studies, whichever is sooner - and only if you earn over £21,000. No OU student will repay earlier than April 2016.


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How can my employer contribute to paying my OU fees?

If the qualification or module you've chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. We'll send you information and a sponsorship form in your registration pack. If your employer is paying up front, you make a registration as usual, indicating that you will be sponsored and the OU will invoice your employer. If your employer is reimbursing you, the OU will send an academic transcript when you have completed the module.

Short courses and Openings are not invoiced to sponsors, but your employer can pay by credit card. (Please note, S154, SDK122, SK120, SK121, SK122, SK123, SK124 are not included in the Science Short Course Scheme).

For further information please contact us on +44 (0)300 303 5303.


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What fee will I pay if I move from one nation to another during the course of my studies?

Your fee eligibility is determined by where you are ordinarily resident at the start of the academic year of your first module/qualification with The Open University. Fees may be affected by a move to another nation during your study depending on individual circumstances. The Open University will validate students' residency information and will take appropriate action to prevent fraudulent activity. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the University if their residence status or home address changes after they have registered on a module as this may affect their fees.


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Can I get a Tuition Fee Loan in Northern Ireland?

Currently there is no provision in Northern Ireland for fee loans for part-time students. The Department for Employment and Learning is currently reviewing this position.

For the latest information on student finance in Northern Ireland, please visit Student Finance NI.


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Can I get a Tuition Fee Loan in Wales?

Currently there is no provision in Wales for fee loans for part-time students. For information on all the current levels of support available, visit Student Finance Wales.


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What do you mean by 'ordinarily resident'?

A student is 'ordinarily resident' in the relevant area if they have habitually, normally and lawfully resided in that area from choice. All students will need to meet the existing rules for UK fee eligibility and will be charged the appropriate module fee based on where they are ordinarily resident at the start of the academic year of their first module/qualification with The Open University. The Open University will validate students' residency information and take appropriate action to prevent fraudulent activity. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the University if their residence status or home address changes after they have registered on a module, as this may affect their fees.


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Why should I choose to study with the OU, rather than a traditional university?

People choose the OU for many reasons, but our main strengths are the quality of our teaching and the flexibility we offer our students. With more than 40 years' experience in developing the most effective distance learning methods and harnessing the latest technologies, the OU is able to offer all its students a high-quality experience. This student experience is also reflected in the high-satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey - appearing in the top three every year since 2005. In addition, the flexibility of an OU degree means students are uniquely placed to continue to earn while they learn, and currently around 70 per cent of OU students do continue in paid work while studying for their degree.


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I am a national from a country other than Switzerland or those included within the EEA or the Agreed Overseas Territories, and am resident in the UK; am I eligible to pay a UK module fee?

You will be eligible to pay a UK fee if you meet ALL the criteria below:

  • You are not a national of any of the above mentioned territories but have been granted 'indefinite leave to remain in the UK' (i.e. you are not on a temporary visa)
  • You have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the first day of the academic year of your chosen module (excluding anytime spent in the UK on a student visa)
  • You will be resident in the UK on the first day of the academic year of your module.

Please note that if you have applied for asylum and your case has been approved by the Home Office so that you now have official refugee status you only need to have been given 'indefinite/limited leave to remain in the UK' to be eligible to pay a UK fee. You do not need to have also been resident in the UK for three years prior to the first day of the academic year of your chosen module.

The UK Home Nation fee you will pay will depend on where you are ordinarily resident in the UK, whether you started your studies with us before or after 1 September 2012 and whether or not you are studying towards a qualification. You will need to send us relevant documentation to support your application to pay a UK fee. Acceptable documentation includes copies of visas, passports with visa/refugee/asylum seeker details stamped on, Residence cards or letters or official documentation from the UK Home Office providing details of the above.

If you do not meet the above criteria and are resident in the UK on a temporary visa you will not be eligible to pay a UK fee.

If you do not meet the above criteria as your application for asylum has been refused or if you are not sure if you are eligible to pay a UK fee, please contact us on +44 (0)300 303 5303 before registering. We will discuss your circumstances with you and confirm which fee you will need to pay.


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I am a UK National; am I eligible to pay a UK fee?

You are entitled to pay a UK fee if you meet BOTH the criteria below:

  • You are 'settled'* in the UK (excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) on the first day of the academic year of your chosen module
  • You have been ordinarily resident in the UK (excluding Channel Islands and Isle of Man) for the three years prior to the first day of the academic year of your module.

If you are temporarily and unavoidably working outside the UK for a period of less than three years you will still be classified as ordinarily resident in the UK and therefore eligible to pay a UK fee.

If you are a member of the British Armed Forces or have UK diplomatic status using a BFPO address while you are resident outside of the UK you can pay a UK fee during your time outside the UK. The UK Home Nation fee you will pay will depend on where you are normally resident in the UK, whether you started your studies with us before or after 1 September 2012 and whether you are studying towards a qualification.

If you are ordinarily resident in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man then you are not eligible to pay a UK fee.

If you are not sure if you are eligible to pay a UK fee, please contact us on 0300 303 5303 before registering. We will discuss your circumstances with you and confirm which fee you will need to pay.

*'Settled' means you are normally and lawfully resident in the UK from choice without any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK.


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I'm in the armed forces and based overseas - what fee will I have to pay?

You will pay the fees that are applicable for the UK Nation that you are 'ordinarily resident' in. For BFPO students and their spouses, partners or dependants, being 'ordinarily resident' in the United Kingdom means where your permanent home is. For example, where you or your family expect to be living in the UK once your tour of duty or posting overseas is completed.


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Are non-UK students eligible for Tuition Fee Loans?

Tuition Fee Loans are only available to students who are ordinarily resident in England, so if you are a non-UK student but residing in the UK and paying the UK fee, you need to contact us for further advice or refer to the Student Finance England (SFE) website.


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Why are fees only shown in GB pounds?

Although fees are shown in GB pounds, you can also pay for your fees in Euros, Danish kroner, Swedish kronor, Swiss francs and US dollars. We'll use the exchange rate which applies on the day your registration is processed except for payments in Euros, which are subject to a monthly exchange rate. Because we are guided by these exchange rates it is not possible to display fees in other currencies.


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I am a family member of a national from Switzerland or a country within the EEA, and am resident in the UK; am I eligible to pay a UK module fee?

You may be eligible to pay a UK fee if you are a close family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss national and you are ordinarily resident in the UK.

You will be classed as a family member if you are the spouse/civil partner or dependent child or direct descendant of that national. The fee rules are quite complex and will depend on where you currently live, where you normally live, and your residency status at the time of commencing study.

When assessing your eligibility we will ask you to send us relevant documentary evidence, such as visas, copies of passports and marriage certificates for both you and the family member on whom you are claiming dependence.

If you are eligible to pay a UK Home Nation fee, the amount you pay will depend on where in the UK you are ordinarily resident.

For further information about UK fee eligibility please refer to our Fee Rules.

If, after reading the fee rules, you are still uncertain about your eligibility to pay a UK fee, please contact us; you will find our phone number and email at the bottom of this web page.


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Can I use my Enhanced Learning Credit funding to pay OU module fees?

Most OU modules can be paid for using Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) funding so long as students are linking them to a nationally recognised qualification. The exceptions are MT127, TM227 and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules. ELC funding does not cover accommodation and subsistence costs so some standalone residential school module fees and the integral residential school part of some module fees cannot be covered by ELC funding; this will be dependant on the Home Nation fee you are eligible to pay. If you need more information please refer to the Armed Forces web pages.


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I am a UK National temporarily and unavoidably resident outside the UK; can I pay a UK module fee?

You may be eligible to pay a UK fee if you meet BOTH the criteria below:

  • you are temporarily and unavoidably working outside the UK for less than three years
  • you were previously settled in the UK (excluding Channel Islands and Isle of Man).

The UK Home Nation fee you will pay will depend on where you would normally be resident in the UK.

If you are serving in the British Armed Forces, or have UK diplomatic status, you will normally pay the England Home Nation fee unless you provide evidence that you are ordinarily resident in another UK Home Nation. If you cannot use a BFPO address you should to contact us for further advice.

You may not be eligible to pay a UK fee if you work for a UK government organisation and were appointed to your post while resident outside the UK (i.e. you were 'locally engaged'). To find out more information about UK fee eligibility, please refer to our Fee Rules.

If you are resident outside of the UK for reasons other than work, or if you are not sure if you are eligible to pay a UK fee, please contact us; you will find our phone number and email at the bottom of this web page. For further information about what you are eligible to study refer to Study outside the UK.


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I am a national of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA)/Agreed Overseas Territory, or a national of Switzerland, and am resident in the UK; am I able to pay a UK module fee?

You are entitled to pay a UK fee if you meet ALL the criteria below:

  • You are ordinarily resident in the UK
  • You will be resident in the UK on the first day of the academic year of your chosen module
  • You have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or an Agreed Overseas Territory for at least the three years prior to the first day of the academic year of your chosen module
  • You are a National of one of these countries.

The UK Home Nation fee you will pay will depend on where you are ordinarily resident in the UK, whether you started your studies with us before or after 1 September 2012 and whether you are studying towards a qualification.

If you are not sure if you are eligible to pay a UK fee, please contact us on +44 (0)300 303 5303 before registering. We will discuss your circumstances with you and confirm which fee you will need to pay.


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