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Open University

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what have been the charges for (a) a full level credit course and (b) a half credit course at the Open University for each year since 1975; what are the proposed charges for 1982; and what are the percentage increases in each case.

The information for 1975 to 1981 is as follows:

Open University—Course Tuition Fees
YearFull creditHalf creditPer cent, increase


Full credit

Half credit

Per cent, increase




The university has been informed that grant for the 1982 academic year will be assessed on the basis of tuition fees of £120 per full credit course. That represents an increase of 22·4 per cent. over the fee for 1981. The Government will provide £0·5 million in the 1982 grant to enable the university to remit substantially the fees of students who are unemployed.