AFF is contacted by families from around the world, with queries about their children who have left school but who want to carry on studying.
Issues often include things like flights and transport costs, access after admissions deadlines and converting overseas qualifications to the UK equivalent.
This page applies mainly to Service children aged 16+ rather than spouses. If you are a spouse, please visit the Employment and Training section.
AFF secures change to student funding for Forces families
Great news for families overseas with children at university
Funding for Scottish university?
Where to go for student funding
Converting overseas qualifications
AFF is delighted that, after much campaigning, Service families should now find it easier to enrol on distance learning courses while posted overseas. Read more
You told us you were unhappy that full-time university students, with parents serving overseas, are no longer eligible for financial assistance towards flight costs home during the holidays.
AFF took this issue to the chain of command and briefed at the highest level. Read more
We are delighted to announce that SCV flights for children in tertiary education have increased from one return journey to three return journeys per academic year.
This enhancement to overseas allowances means that students undertaking their first degree can return home to their families during each main holiday period – Christmas, Easter and Summer. The enhancement will take place from 1 December 2015, although JSP 752 will not be updated until 1 January 2016.
There’s further good news for those families who have already self-funded flights for the Christmas 2015/2016 leave period. Reasonable costs may be refunded for these flights.
AFF highlighted in several recent reports that one return journey per year placed an unaffordable burden on parents, particularly as university accommodation is often only available during term times.
Further information can be found in the recently published DIN on the Defence Intranet or from unit admin staff.
To speak to AFF about overseas allowances, contact our Overseas Director, Julie Lowe, on 07795 687930 or email@example.com.
Scotland currently offers funding for university education for Scottish students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland. To meet the residence conditions, you must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for the preceding three years and be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date i.e. the start date of the course. This is usually 1 August. Read more
Service Family Accommodation does not count as an ordinary residence and this causes an issue for mobile Army Scots who live all over the world and also in Scotland. AFF has produced a brief on the issues and our view. To find out more, click here.
Following on from this, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland has created a fact sheet for Armed Forces families which explains the ordinary residence criteria and eligibility. To read more on this, click here and follow the PDF link for the Armed Forces.
This is a great start but we will still continue to lobby for a change that addresses the issues of spouse nationality and multi-generational Service families.
Find out more about funding, and how to apply, on the following websites:
- www.saas.gov.uk - The Student Award Agency for Scotland
- www.studentfinanceni.co.uk - Student Finance Northern Ireland
- www.studentfinancewales.co.uk - Student Finance Wales
UK NARIC is the national agency that is responsible for providing information and expert advice on overseas qualifications. Service children may have these qualifications if they have studied for exams at international schools overseas where there is no MOD Schools available. Read more
If this applies to you, first contact CEAS for advice.
If you think you will need a conversion certificate for your university application, visit www.naric.org.uk/naric. Please note, there will be a charge for this service.
If you have found yourself in this situation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as AFF would like to monitor this.
Following on from AFF’s first ever Research Symposium, and having been contacted by various organisations, we are keen for research to be carried out on this age group. Read more
Some of the issues that are raised to us by Army families, and topics that we would like considered for research, include:
- How many Service children go on to Higher Education?
- How easy is it for children who are looking at further education courses to access these when mobile?
- Is cost or mobility a barrier to these children?
- How do they fare when applying for college places without an address, or after an unexpected move is announced?
- Does the education path of Service children make a difference to their choices for higher education? Are they more likely to choose university if they have had a stable education?
- What about location? If a student has lived in 10 different areas in their life for example, where do they call home? Does this affect their choices?
- How common is it that Service children go on to join the Services? What affect does this have on the rest of the family?
If you would like to share your experiences or discuss any of these further, please email email@example.com
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