The Ministry of Defence promotes learning among members of the Armed Forces and the veterans' community, by providing Learning Credits through the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme and Further Education and Higher Education (FEHE) scheme. Both of these entitle service personnel and service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
On 1 April 2016, changes were made to make the schemes more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.
For those still serving, you will now benefit from being enrolled automatically, removing the need to apply. However, for veterans who left on or after 1 April 2016, post-service access to ELC and FEHE payments will now be retained for a maximum of five years from discharge.
For those who left the Armed Forces between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2016 (both dates inclusive), special arrangements have been put in place and you will have until 31 March 2021 to use your ELC or FEHE credits, ie five years from the date the changes came into effect. Those who left the services before 1 April 2011 retain the right to 10 years of post-service access from the date of discharge.
More information on the schemes, and these changes, are available at www.enhancedlearningcredits.com