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    This has probably been covered numerous times but, I'm tearing my hair out trying to get anywhere.

    Does anyone know if there are any funds/loans/grants to apply for, to help with costs of laptops and course materials such as books ect.... I don't earn a huge amount of money within my job, so I'm just wondering if there are ways of getting help towards costs.

    Many thanks in advance,

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    (Original post by Mr_Birdsall)
    This has probably been covered numerous times but, I'm tearing my hair out trying to get anywhere.

    Does anyone know if there are any funds/loans/grants to apply for, to help with costs of laptops and course materials such as books ect.... I don't earn a huge amount of money within my job, so I'm just wondering if there are ways of getting help towards costs.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Stephen.
    OU has an access to learning fund, i m not sure what the eligibility criteria are but you could try applying for it http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/conten...pplication.pdf
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    They had an Access to Learning Fund, which was replaced by the Study Support Fund, but I haven't found any reference to it since the 2015/2016 academic year. Computer grants had a maximum limit of £200. I really don't know if SSF is available anymore. (It was reliant on a government fund, so there's a good chance it doesn't.) The links ARE still active through the Help Centre, though difficult to find. You can request a callback from an OU advisor here:
    https://www.open.ac.uk/request/callback

    The link to SSF information is here, but you have to be logged in to see it. Here's the relevant excerpt from the guidance, but keep in mind, it has 2015/2016 stamped all over it and may no longer be valid:
    Personal computer package – Support towards thepurchase cost of a personal computer will be considered upto a maximum of £200. Any course grant you have receivedwill be taken into account as a contribution towards the costof the computer package you purchase.
    You can only claim:
    • for a new computer
    • for a new printer
    • operating system software
    • above items that have been paid in full.
    You can not claim:
    • for a tablet computer, such as an ipad, or parts toupgrade your existing computer
    • for a PC provided by a Disabled Students Award
    • for items purchased through Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL)schemes unless the agreement has been paid in full
    • for items purchased second hand
    • if you have already been awarded funding to helppurchase a PC through this fund or any previous PCassisted-purchase scheme
    • if someone else in your household has been awarded agrant for a computer purchase.

    Here are their eligibility guidelines, ALSO stamped 2015/2016:
    EligibilityTo apply for the Student Support Fund you must be:
    • studying a module that counts towards your qualification this can be undergraduate or postgraduate
    • studying 30 credits or more
    • actively participating on your module – by this we mean that your module has started and that you've completed any assignments or have attended any tutorials that are required at the point that you apply for support
    • a "home student" – have "settled status" in the UK on the first day of the academic year of your module and be ordinarily resident in the UK for the previous three years preceding that date
    • experiencing financial hardship you must be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits:
      • Income Support
      • Housing Benefit (including Local Housing Allowance)
      • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
      • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
      • Universal Credit
      or have a household income not exceeding £25,000.
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    It's also worth bearing in mind that open uni is largely self contained study. You can pass without having to buy further books (module books or ebooks are provided). Their online library for research papers and Ebooks is second to none. Your outgoings for open uni are related to use of of computer - computer, electric and Internet; transport to tutorials and stationary.
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    Basically, if I could afford to do it on jobseekers back when it was £50 pw for me, you should be fine.
 
 
 
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