This page contains guidance notes for claimants who are Serving Personnel.  Please ensure you read this document before submitting a claim to your Education Staff.

Before being eligible to make an ELC claim, individual scheme members must have completed not less than six years eligible service (lower tier).  If you have completed 4 years qualifying service prior to 1st April 2017, please read JSP 822.  The lower tier of funding is up to £1,000 per claim instalment and the higher tier (eight years service) is up to £2,000 per claim instalment.  Only service accumulated since 1st April 2000, may be counted as eligible service for the purpose of the ELC Scheme.  

You are entitled to make three ELC claims in total. You can only make one claim per financial year (1 April- 31 March), however if you have served between 6 and 8 years you are eligible to aggregate all three claims together.  As the expiration date of your claims is dependent upon many factors please read JSP 822.  If you are claiming in the last year of scheme eligibility, study must commence before scheme expiry date.

If you are in your qualifying resettlement phase you may be eligible to claim under the Joint Funding Initiative (PF FE/HE Scheme).  For the full details and to check the eligibility rules, please view the Serving Personnel/Claiming Publically Funded FE/HE page.

Procedure for Eligible Service Personnel

Please note that the following information must be submitted to your Education Staff (in paper or electronic format) a minimum of 25 working days prior to your course start date/registration date: 

  • Fully completed claim form.
  • Full information about the course that you wish to undertake and include details of your registration date where applicable
  • On receipt of your Claim Authorisation Note (CAN), you must present it to your chosen Learning Provider before the course is due to start.
  • To access your Member's Area from the link below you must obtain Login and Password details from your authorised Education Staff.  Before accessing your Member's Area for the first time, please ensure you have read the Member's Area How To Guide provided.

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