If you are thinking of starting to study with the OU read below, if you are already studying (and haven't seen the email/info) then there is a transisitional scheme in place to keep (hopefully) the cost of your study at level you may have budgeted for. From Sept 2012 English students with the OU are going to be paying £5,000 for 120 points worth of study. For those unfamiliar with the OU 120points is worth 1 year of study at Uni. 360 pts, divided equally between the 3 levels (roughly 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of Uni) give you a Bachelor degree with honours. As of Sept 2012 the cost will be £5,000 for 120 points, divided up as neccesary. ie a 60 point course will cost £2500, a 30 point course will cost £1250. Having spoken to them today, they were unable to state whether or not the 10 point taster courses are affected by this, if they are they are going to cost £420 rather than the 200 as now. OU students will be allowed to access government loans to cover this cost. Which is a first for OU/part time students. I'll update as I find more information. If you live in Wales, Scotland and NI then it is normal jogging. If you are BFPO but live in England usually you are affected as above. This change is due to the Government pulling £90 million from the budget of the OU (as per other unis). Hopefully the OU flexibility isn't affected. I personnally enjoy studying a bit here, and a bit there and I hope this isn't going to curtail this. Not sure if I'll be able to afford future study mind... ELCs will only cover £6,000 of the cost (if you have served 7 yeasr) so still 9k to find.