To find out how much it costs to study a standalone course, look at the individual module
descriptions in the Standalone courses section.
If you are new to the OU, have little or no previous experience of higher education and are eligible to pay the UK fee,
you may be eligible for help towards your module fees. If you are intending to study one of our short modules, less
than 30 credits, you can apply for help if you are receiving a qualifying state benefit.
If you are thinking of studying one of our Openings modules you can apply for help if you are receiving a qualifying state benefit
or if your household income is less than £16,865.
You need to allow plenty of time if you’re applying for financial support. Please apply as early as possible. The deadline for application
is given on the module description.
For more information about financial support, try our online eligibility checker or contact the Financial Support Office.
You can pay your tuition fees by monthly Direct Debit through Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA). This convenient 'pay as you go' option
is a secure, quick and easy way to pay your fees on a module-by-module basis.
With OUSBA you can:
Pay by instalments – OUSBA Ltd pays the OU your full module fee at registration and you repay the loan to OUSBA Ltd in
monthly instalments starting a month after your module begins. Currently, interest is charged at 5.0 per cent (Annual Percentage Rate 5.1
per cent) and is only applied once your module has commenced. This is an exclusive rate that is only available to OU students.
Register now, pay later – OUSBA Ltd pays your full module fee direct to us. You can repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just
before your module starts. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding for your module.
For more information, speak to an adviser or visit our website www.open.ac.uk/ousba where you can access a
set of frequently asked questions and learn more about the instalment plans on offer.
Sponsorship means your employer pays your fees. If the qualification 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.
Your sponsor needs to complete an individual sponsorship agreement, which you can download online or which you will find in your registration pack.
If your employer is reimbursing you we can send you a receipt of payment or a statement of academic record when you have completed the course.
For further information, speak to an adviser.
You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront securely with a debit or credit card. We accept most well known credit and debit cards.
You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the
following denominations: £10, £20, £50 and £100.
Find out more about buying or redeeming vouchers.
You may also be able to pay via mixed payment methods. You could, for example, pay part of your tuition fee
upfront with OU gift vouchers and pay the remainder with an Open University Student Budget Account.
For more information about these payment options, speak to an adviser.
Try our frequently asked questions.
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