The Ministry of Defence's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. Read more Read less

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 three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales).

At a glance

  • Funding valueUp to £2,000 annually
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK
  • DeadlineOn going
  • Funding provider(s)The Ministry of Defence

What it covers

ELC funding is dependent on the number of years of service in the Armed Forces and provides up to £2,000 annually over three years to assist with the cost of study.

Who can apply

Any current serving or former member of the UK Armed Forces can apply under the scheme.

Applicable Courses

This funding opportunity is applicable to many courses at Cranfield, please see the 'Who can Apply' section for more guidance or contact studentfunding@cranfield.ac.uk to determine if it applies to your course choice.

Further information

  1. There are several stages to the ELC process. Full information is set out in Joint Service Publications (JSP) 822.  
  2. 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 have left the forces contact ELCAS as they can make the appropriate checks.
  3. Have a look at Service Personnel Claiming ELC or Service Leaver Claiming ELC respectively as these pages will tell you how to make your claim.
  4. 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.

How to apply

Please check the ELC website on how to apply which is dependent on your circumstances:

Serving Personnel

Service Leaver

If you course choice at Cranfield is not listed on the ELC website please contact studentfunding@cranfield.ac.uk to request its addition.