Enhanced Learning Credits
Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) is a scheme run by the Military of Defence (MOD) as part of an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst those who are members of the Armed Forces. The scheme helps to provide financial support in the form of a single payment that you receive each year for a maximum of three years. This means that it can be used both during your time in the forces and also for a considerable time after leaving.
In order to join this scheme you must be in the Armed Forces, you can register during your first year of service. Forms are available from education staffs, learning and education centres and the ELC Administration Service (ELCAS) website www.enhancedlearningcredits.com.
Before being able to make an ELC claim you must be able to meet the following requirements:
- To be eligible for lower tier ELC funding (£1000), you must have been serving in the armed forces for at least 4 years.
- To be eligible for higher tier ELC funding (£2000), you must have been serving in the armed forces for at least 8 years.
- The only exception to this is if you left the forces before April 2008 then you will only be eligible for a lower tier claim regardless of your length of service.
- If you are a service leaver, you can still claim for ELC funding, up to 10 years after leaving the forces.
- Each eligible claimant may make a total of 3 claims.
- Only 1 claim may be made for learning activities commencing in any one financial year.
- Courses must be National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3 or above for both lower and higher tier claimants in order to receive funding.
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