The OU Student Assistance Fund

Are you worried that you’ll be unable to continue studying because of the effects of pandemic? The Student Assistance Fund might be able to help.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it across the globe and whilst we all try to adapt to the ‘new normal’, the financial pressure is taking its toll on so many. Unexpected financial hardship is making it almost impossible for some of our students to continue with their studies. The Student Assistance Fund is here to try and help alleviate some of that pressure for Open University students.

Through the Student Assistance Fund, The Open University is extending their support to students whose ability to study successfully has been affected by COVID-19. Funding is available to help with study and living costs to enable students to continue with their studies.

Depending on individual circumstances and eligibility, support can be used to assist with costs such as utility bills, essential food shopping, IT equipment, stationery, home-school supplies for students’ children, broadband installation and other bills that can’t be deferred. 

Funds are extremely limited and for some of our students this support could make a critical difference to their ability to continue studying, so we ask that you carefully consider if this applies to you before you submit a request.

Not all students will be eligible to access this support, so please visit for more information and to submit your request for support.

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Reiss Miller

Reiss is a member of the Students Association staff team.


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