Extra Support to Learn Overseas
Universities Minister Jo Johnson, has today (11 July 2016) announced plans to change student funding rules to benefit more Armed Forces personnel and their families who want to take up distance learning courses while posted abroad.
The move will put an end to rules that prevent Armed Forces personnel and their family members getting access to student funding for distance learning courses because they have been posted abroad.
Under current rules, a prospective student must be resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course if they are to be eligible for a student loan.
This means that serving members of the Armed Forces posted overseas, and family members living with them, are unable to access loans for undergraduate or postgraduate distance learning courses if they are serving overseas on the first day of their course. They can also see their support cease if they are undertaking a distance learning course in England but are posted overseas during the academic year.
To stop personnel being placed at a disadvantage, the government is today announcing a new exemption that will allow them to gain student funding for a UK based distance learning course, even if they are posted overseas at the start or during the course itself.
The government will update the Student Finance Regulations for undergraduate student support and postgraduate master’s loans. This will allow members of the Armed Forces and their families posted overseas to access student support for distance learning courses offered by UK institutions, even if they were not resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of their course.
Students will qualify for undergraduate tuition fee loans, postgraduate master’s degree loans and Disabled Students Allowances, if relevant.