Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) are used by the Ministry of Defence to sponsor their Armed Forces personnel to improve their education and, in particular, to support them through the move to civilian life.
ELCs are ideal if you want to upskill your existing qualifications, change career paths or boost your CV. And they can be used to fund Open University studies.
There are two types of ELC funding available:
- With 100% funding, you may receive funding for up to 360 credits of Open University module fees, enabling you to gain an undergraduate qualification (either a BA or BSc ordinary, an honours degree or a foundation degree). To be eligible you must be in the two-year resettlement period and not already have an undergraduate degree.
- With 80% funding, depending on how long you’ve been serving in the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for either the higher tier (up to £2,000) or lower tier (up to £1,000). If you choose to study with us, as your learning provider we'll receive a single payment towards the cost of your fees, for up to three Ministry of Defence financial years. The Ministry of Defence pays for up to 80% (within the maximum of £1,000 or £2,000) of your Open University module fees, and you pay the rest (at least 20%).