The Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) is the student charity where funds raised by students are used to benefit students in financial hardship. It is a separate registered charity operated by the OU Students Association.
After many years of campaigning, some of the worst forms of discrimination against part time students have at last begun to be addressed. However, despite all these advances, there are still those students in financial need who fall through the net and the Trust has a small fund for which these students can apply. You can download a comprehensive guide to the Open University Students Educational Trust or follow the links below for more information.
The service is operational.
Please note we are only able to process electronic applications at this time.
|Guidelines on How to Apply to OUSET
|Step-by-Step Guide to OUSET Applications
|OUSET Funding Criteria - Undergraduate Level
|OUSET Funding Criteria - Postgraduate Level
|OUSET Application Form - General
|OUSET Application Form - Students in secure environments
New timeframes for making funding applications to the Open University Students Educational Trust
In the past, the Trust has accepted funding applications at any time throughout the year. However, due to the increasing volume of applications over recent years, the Trust has decided to specify a timeframe for accepting applications.
Applications (for funding required in advance of a module start date) that are received after the stated deadline will not be considered before the module start date.
||Application window opens
||Application window closes
||Monday, 2 January 2023
||Friday, 10 February 2023*
||Monday, 6 February 2023
||Friday, 3 March 2023*
||Monday, 3 April 2023
||Friday, 11 August 2023*
||Monday, 12 June 2023
||Friday, 8 September 2023*
* If you choose to post your application, or other supporting evidence to OUSET, please allow plenty of time for your application to reach us before the application submission deadline. If your application is late, OUSET will not be able to process it in time to meet the final enrolment date (FED).
Other sources of financial support
There is a range of financial support available through the OU to help you pay for fees and study costs. The type and level of financial support you are entitled to varies, and depends not only on where you live but on your income, previous qualifications, level of intended study and when you intend to start studying.