**1st April 2021 UPDATE**
Learning Credits, Further and Higher Education scheme changes for veterans
Changes to the Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher
Education schemes came into effect from 30 March 2021.
Access to the
ELC scheme and FEHE scheme has been extended to 10 years for veterans who left
the Armed Forces between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 16 (both dates inclusive).
medically discharged on or after the 1 April 2011 and who receive a disablement
pension under the War Pension Scheme, or a guaranteed income payment under the
Armed Forces Compensation scheme, will have access to the ELC scheme and FEHE
scheme for 10 years after discharge.
left the Armed Forces on or after the 1 April 2016 will still have access to
the ELC and FEHE scheme for 5 years after discharge.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:
“We are committed to supporting our service people throughout their career in the Armed Forces and beyond. I am proud the learning credits schemes have formed an important part of this promise.
“Extending the programme to 10 years means our veterans will receive long-term development opportunities and offer readily accessible support as they begin the next chapter of their lives after service.”
Please Note ** JSP 822: Defence Direction and Guidance for Training and Education has since been updated to reflect these legislative changes.