Open University Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund 

The Open University (OU) have recently launched a Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund (DVSF) 

This scheme will seek to fund 100 full fee waiver scholarships (or equivalent) and a wraparound disability and careers support service. The OU are offering 100 Scholarships in total split over two years, so 50 available places in each academic year 2018/19 and 2019/20. 

The DVSF will provide full fee waivers up to a maximum of 120 credits per academic year, 360 credits in total and not exceeding £18,000 for the total duration of the successful applicant’s qualification. Awards will be strictly limited to a single qualification. The deadline for applications for the DVSF are to be made to the OU by the deadline of midnight on 1 Aug 18. Applications will be chosen at random on 6 Aug 18. 

To be eligible to apply for the fund applicants must meet all of the following criteria

  • Be starting OU study in the 2018/19 academic year.
  • Be eligible for a UK fee.
  • Be disabled as a result of, or in, military service.

Successful applicants who are offered funding via the DVSF will not be entitled to concurrently claim for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs – JSP 822 Part 1 Section 6.5 refers) or Publicly Funded Further Education-Higher Education (PF FE-HE) Funding (JSP 822 Part 1 Section 6.6 refers). However, for those individuals who subsequently successfully complete the entire course with the OU or withdraw from the DVSF they may still have an entitlement to any of their remaining ELCs to undertake other courses at Level 3 or above. Additionally, those successful DVSF applicants who do not achieve a Level 4 qualification at 120 credits or more via the OU DVSF initiative may still be entitled to use the PF FE-HE scheme to do so. In these circumstances each case will need to be carefully considered on a case by case basis to ensure the individual fully meets the PF FE-HE scheme eligibility criteria and is still within their scheme membership period.


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