Well, I guess it depends excatly what you want to do ...technology is a bit of a wide term. However, have you looked at the Open University?
You can get funding for the courses ...You apply through the OU, not through the students loan company as you would with a traditional brick...
In my university, there is a copy of MATLAB on every computer in the engineering buildings (and I assume the maths department too) as well as the library ...but they do not distribute it to students.
There is some software freely available, bit MATLAB ain't one of them ....shame.