Ways to pay for a qualification in Scotland
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Depending on your income and your course of study, you could be eligible to apply for a Part-Time Fee Grant, a Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account or Discretionary funds.
Part-Time Fee Grant – if your personal income is £25,000 or less a year, or you’re on certain benefits,
you can apply once each year to claim your module fees if you are studying between 30–119 credits a year.
You will need to have completed your fee grant application by the final enrolment date of your module.
Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) – these are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland.
If you have a personal income of £22,000 a year or less, or you are on benefits, you may be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning
or training which you can use towards the fees of certain OU modules. You must ensure that your ILA application is completed by the final enrolment date of the module you wish to study.
Discretionary funds – students in financial hardship may be eligible to apply for help with study costs.
You need to allow plenty of time if you’re applying for financial support so please apply as early as possible.
For more information about financial support, try our
online eligibility checker or contact
the Open University in Scotland.
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.
Credit or debit card
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. We also accept payment by bank transfer.
Other ways to pay
OU gift vouchers
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.
Mixed payment methods
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.
Disabled Students’ Allowance
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) help with additional study costs that result directly from
your disability or specific learning difficulty.
Allowances are not means-tested and may go towards specialist equipment (such as an adapted computer),
non-medical study support (for example, a sign-language interpreter, a note-taker or a dyslexia
support worker) or other related expenses. You can also apply for help with study-related travel
costs that directly result from your disability.
You may be eligible for a DSA if you’re studying at least 60 credits towards an OU undergraduate
qualification that lasts for more than one year. Students in Scotland apply for a DSA through the
Students’ Awards Agency for Scotland.
For further information,
Services for disabled students website.
To find out how much it costs to study for a qualification, look at the individual qualification descriptions.
Find out about the types of
qualifications we offer.
Or look at the subjects we offer:
Accounting and Finance
Arts and Humanities
Business and Management
Business Management Studies
Computing and IT
Children and Young People
Childhood and Youth
Childhood and Youth Studies
Design and Innovation
Environment, Development and International Studies
Educational Technology and Practice
Engineering, Technology and Design
Global Development Management
History of Art
Health and Social Care
Literature and Creative Writing
Mathematics and Statistics
Professional Development in Education
Physics and Astronomy
Psychology and Counselling
Sport and Fitness
Working with Young People