The Ministry of Defence's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.
ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level 6 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.
How does it work?
There are several stages to the ELC process. Full information is set out in Joint Service Publications (JSP) 822. First you must have already been registered to become a Scheme Member and have accrued a sufficient amount of service before you can submit a claim.
If you are still serving, speak to your local Education Staff as they will be able to check your entitlement for you. If you do not know who this person is, you can contact the chief clerk who will be able to advise you.
If you have left the forces, contact your Single Service representative who will advise. Their information can be found on the ELCAS website.
Finally, you must complete your Course Evaluation via the Member's Area. Please note that further claims cannot be processed until the evaluation has been completed.
For further information please contact University of Sunderland Student Administration on 0191 515 2077.
Published: 30 August 2018