General Chat Thread, Open University in General; sorry to slightly derail the thread, but: I've wanted to start an OU degree for ages now, but the fees ...
1st March 2011, 02:56 PM #16
sorry to slightly derail the thread, but: I've wanted to start an OU degree for ages now, but the fees are too high for me to pay up in full. The financial support checker reckons I'll be able to get some help, but you have to register before you apply... what happens if I register, then I'm told I can't get financial support? Will I have to pay the fee in full or can I cancel my registration before the course starts and not lose anything? I don't want to end up with a debt I can't afford...
1st March 2011, 03:00 PM #17
Right: Apply and get it paid for with an OUBSA account, which is like a mini loan. Then apply for financial support and they will then either send you a cheque, and you pay the loan (0% APR until the course starts) or often they see this and pay this off direct.
I did this for most of my degree (1st 2 paid for by my grandad), ended up paying about 400 for the whole thing in the end, which was brilliant. I love financial support! Remember it is based on your family earnings, parents (if living at home) doesn't count, which for me was what helped!
1st March 2011, 03:09 PM #18
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I seem to remember that as a general guide a 120 points a year is the equivalent to being a full time student.
You can also use most ONDs HNDs and Degrees you already hold to count towards your final points, from memory I think a HND is worth 120 points.
The OU offers “named” degrees over which you have less control on the modules you can choose, but you do end up with a “BSc in such and such” etc. Previous qualifications aren’t usually worth as much towards named degrees unless they are very closely related.
1st March 2011, 03:10 PM #19
Thanks to Little-Miss from:
1st March 2011, 03:13 PM #20
There is a limit on the number of transfer point you can carry over, I think it is between 60 and 120 (for a degree anyway).
Originally Posted by Kipling
1st March 2011, 09:52 PM #21
You can carry over more - I've got 135 point from previous study.
Originally Posted by GREED
I did a level 2 course last year T215, which was a lot of essay writing. Looking to do LINUX and maybe a couple of others this year.
2nd March 2011, 03:28 PM #22
Thanks for that, maybe it is more then.
Originally Posted by steve
2nd March 2011, 05:02 PM #23
Another question on funding - can you only get funding once, or can you apply for each course you do? And if you get it for one course, are you likely to get the same for others too?
2nd March 2011, 09:23 PM #24
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I actually asked about this last year.
Originally Posted by LosOjos
Didn't get to start the course, sadly, due to some issues with applications on my part. Registering for the start in October, though.
Thank you for your email.
Students fill in one financial support application per academic year, so you would not need to complete another for MST121 starting in January. If you are awarded financial support then you will be allocated a 'pot' of fee grant (up to a maximum of £1,230) which can be used towards the costs of any courses starting in that academic year. Any remaining monies cannot be carried over to the next academic year.
2nd March 2011, 10:00 PM #25
Basically answered above, but yes apply each Course. You have a limit on the amount received, and the number of courses (credits in total, I believe 90 per year).
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