For a few years I've been really thinking about doing a degree with the open university, and I'm going for the part time BSc in Computing & IT with a second subject in design starting in Oct 2016.
The last year has been a struggle financially due to losing my job & a battle with depression and an emerging personality disorder so I have no savings, a baby due in November and I live with my partner in a council property.
I have applied for a full tuition fee, but I'm not sure what other support the OU offer when it comes to grants etc - the only things I can find are pre-2010 and very vague parts on their website.
I currently receive employment and support allowance (support based), and technically I am not disabled as I am having counselling and have been estimated to be out of the system within the next 6 months, so a disabled student grant is not an option.
I have seen the Study Support Fund (which you can't apply for until the course starts?)
Does anybody have some information on this?
Are there any other options for grants/loans (other than covering the cost of the course)?
Apologies for my lack of knowledge on all of this!
PS. I will be looking for part time work during the course, but I would like to finish my counselling and get my head in the right place before I take on too much again - hence finally going for this course!
Thanks in advance!
And actually passed?