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Disability - help with fees

If you have a physical disability, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty for which you might need additional support, the Disabled Students' Allowance can help with study-related costs, such as equipment and transport to tutorials. Try our eligibility quiz.

Financial support may also be available to help with module fees and is based on your financial circumstances.


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Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) help with costs that result directly from a physical disability, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty.

Allowances are not means-tested and may go towards a variety of support and equipment.

An assessment can take place for any level of disability. If you are unsure whether you will be eligible you can take an eligibility quiz and contact your support team for advice.

If you apply for a DSA you are also entitled to apply for any other available financial support relating to your study.

A DSA will not affect any other state benefits you are entitled to.

If you are an international student studying with us directly, please be aware that DSA is funded by the UK government for UK-based students only, so won't be available to you.


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Examination arrangements

If you have a disability or health condition you may be able to arrange adjustments to help you take an examination (please note not all OU modules include an examination). For example you may be able to request extra time or rest breaks, different formats such as large print or braille or assistance with recording your answers. You will need to provide evidence of your needs and request any adjustments as early as possible in your module.


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Disabilities and health conditions

The Open University is ideal for people who may have difficulty attending a full-time university. Because you're mostly studying at home, you don't have to worry about travelling or getting about a campus. And because you're studying at the times you choose, you can vary your study hours to compensate for good days and bad days.

If you have a disability, health problem, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, that might affect your studies, we'll aim to help you to participate in all aspects of study as fully as your circumstances allow. We may be able to supply study materials in alternative forms, and many of our services can be adapted to your needs at residential school, in tutorials and in examinations. You may qualify for financial help as well. When you register, we will ask you about your needs and send you an application form for additional support. Find out more about Disability support while you study.

If you are an international student thinking about studying with us directly, please be aware that some services are funded by the UK government for UK-based students only, so won't be available to you. We therefore advise you to contact us on +44 845 241 6555 to talk through your particular situation.


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Studying as a carer

The OU offers support for students with caring responsibilities, including students who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Find out more about studying while you care.

Information about government funded carers' allowances and support services (UK students only) can be found at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CaringForSomeone/index.htm . There is also helpful information on the Carers UK website.


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