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Support for students

At The Open University we support our students in Ireland in a number of ways. From financial help with the rising cost of living, to mental health assistance and career guidance, we are here to help.

If you'd prefer to talk through your options our local Student Support Team are at hand to help you through your studies. 

If you are studying with us email: or call +353 1 678 5399.

Financial Support


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Student Assistance Fund

To support students that are facing unexpected financial hardship, which has impacted the ability to study.

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If you're an Irish tax payer you may be eligible to claim tax relief on OU tuition fees.

Budgeting and saving tips

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We all need to manage our money, but with rising costs of living, this can often feel very challenging. There are apps and websites that can help you review your budget and make your money go further.

We’ve listed some options here:

If the rising costs are causing you to fall into debt, free advice is available from StepChange and National Debtline.

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Mental health and wellbeing

Money worries can have a significant impact on our mental health and overall wellbeing. Feeling low can make it harder to manage your finances.

If you’re finding things difficult, you can always contact your student support team. In addition, the OU Student Association offers Peer support if you're struggling with motivation. We have a partnership with Shout who offer free, confidential 24/7 support if you’re feeling low or stressed. You can also access our full range of mental health and wellbeing support.

Mind offers some practical tips on managing your money and improving your mental health. If you're experiencing issues with mental health and money, see Mental Health and Money Advice for support.

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Job search support

If the impact of increased cost of living means you're looking for a new job or promotion, we have a range of vacancy sources for you to explore. There is also advice and practical tools for developing your CVcompleting application forms, and preparing for interviews.

During these challenging times, your work or personal circumstances may change quickly. We have lots of advice on assessing your options and practical support available for dealing with redundancy.

Feel like you need to take a study break

If you feel like you need to take a break from your studies due to financial pressures, please talk to your Student Support Team first. They'll be able to offer advice on the best options for you and your circumstances. For more information see Take a study break and Defer from modules.