As one of the many on here who have studied with the OU I am stunned with their announcement of their new fees.
The maximum study a student can undertake in one year is 120 points - this means they would study for three years to acheive a standard degree. Current fees would be in the region of £700 for a sixty point course hence £1400 for a year.
The new fee from 2012 for 120 points is £5000, a threefold increase.
The majority of those who study with the OU are mature students who have a desire to return to education for many varied reasons. I think this increase, forced on the OU by government changes in higher education funding will result in a large percentage of those mature students dropping their studies or never starting.
Whether the slack will be taken up by school leavers seeing this as a cheaper alternative to traditional university study remains to be seen.
I suggest that before you post you at least make sure you have the correct facts.
A student loan comprises both accommodation/living AND course fee. My daughter, under the current fees is adding £5000 in accommodation/living and £3250 in course fees to her student loan each year.
I got my OU degree in 2009 having started courses to exercise my brain. I then got hooked and carried on to a degree. These exceessive fees will prevent many people like myself, from ever going back into education.
I was wrong to say there was no campus, the point I was trying to make was that there is no student campus and the infrastructure to go with it. The MK campus has no undergraduates and only 250 research post graduates. Bristol University for example has 13000 undergraduates with about a third living in University halls.
I comeback to the main point of my post that this stunning increase in fees, irrespective of the reasons, will prevent many potential mature students from returning to education.