We are able to provide means-tested financial support for students studying for a first degree through the Open University on a module by module basis.
For the application form for 2023/24 and for further information, please go to our Funding for Study page, and look under the section 'Higher Education - On Island Study'. The form is near the end of the section.
Students should register with the Open University before making an application to the Student Finance team. Students are then required to send in copies of their Open University blank registration and sponsorship agreements (obtainable from the Open University), together with the completed application form and verification of all income received during the previous calendar year.
Once your application has been assessed by us, you will be notified in writing of the outcome and your registration agreement and sponsorship agreement will be returned to you. You should then forward these together with a copy of your award letter to the Open University to finalise your registration.
Please note that you will need to make a fresh application for each course/module that makes up your degree.
Applicants are asked to note that the OU requires students to complete enrolment one month before the course starts and the Student Finance team requires approximately one month prior to that in order to process applications. Therefore students should be aware that they may need to submit applications for grants two months prior to the start of the course.
We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, but if for any reason there is a delay in this process (perhaps because we need to ask you for supplementary information), then you are advised to keep in touch with the Open University registration service to ensure your place is held open. You should not make any payments to the OU before your application for funding is processed, so not to cause confusion.
Please note that the 2017/18 guide is waiting to be removed, so please disregard this and ensure that you are looking at the Funding for Study page for the most up to date information.