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.
Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme
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
The Bereavement Scholarship Scheme is available to provide University and Further Education Scholarships for the children of Service personnel whose death has been attributed to Service since 1990. Read more
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
School Childrenís Visits (SCV) flights for children in tertiary education are three return journeys per academic year. Read more
This means that students undertaking their first degree can return home to their families during each main holiday period – Christmas, Easter and Summer.
AFF highlighted in several reports that one return journey per year placed an unaffordable burden on parents, particularly as university accommodation is often only available during term times and we are delighted that this issue has been resolved.
Further information can be found in JSP 752 on the Gov.uk website, the Defence Intranet or from unit admin staff.
To speak to AFF about SCV flights, please contact the Education and Childcare Specialist at 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.
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