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The Open University: Fees 2012-13

In July, The Open University (OU) announced that it had set a new fee level for new students in England starting after 1 September 2012. The new fee is £5,000 for a full-time year (120 credits), but as most OU students study part time, this figure will be scaled down in proportion to the intensity of their study.

Students in England new to higher education and starting their studies after 1 September 2012 will, for the first time, be able to apply for a government student loan so they do not have to pay their fees upfront. In addition, OU students will continue to be able to access the OU's own loan system (OUSBA), which enables them to pay their fees via instalments during each module.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, arrangements for funding of part-time higher education are broadly unchanged for 2012/13, and therefore undergraduate fee levels for OU students in these nations will not change for 2012/13, subject to inflation-linked increases. This means students will continue to pay £1,610 for a standard 120 credits of study (the equivalent of a year of full-time study). Many students study on a module basis, and a standard 60 credit modules will be priced from £735.

There will be different arrangements for students continuing to study with the OU. Find out more about all of these changes at: The Open University: Fees 2012.

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Created on: 06 December 2011

Last updated: 06 December 2011

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