Hundreds of thousands of people study for a degree with the Open University at Milton Keynes every year.
It takes hours of time and dedication and students will tell you it can have a big impact on their family life.
Now the OU is encouraging them to find unusual ways of saying thank you to those who've supported them.
One of the star turns in its 'thanks a million' campaign features a woman from Northampton who staged a rather special surprise for her husband.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes