According to this article the Open University which was once dominated by mature students is now attracting more younger age groups. It seems that at a time when people are increasingly struggling to make ends meets the appeal of the Open University where you can study part time is really coming into its own. It is now attracting more under 25s because of its lower tuition fees and the fact that they can work whilst they study. In many ways it is a more viable option. I chose to do my Master degree with the Open University some years ago because they was no way I could afford to study further without working. During my course I worked full time and was still able to keep up with the study commitments although it did take up all my spare time and lunch breaks. It seems to me a good way to further your education whilst working and without running up large debts.