AFF is contacted by families from around the world, with queries about university and accessing higher education.
Issues often include things like flights and transport costs, applying for university places, including funding, and access after admissions deadlines.
If you are looking for information about training, other than university, please visit the Employment and Training section.
Service children, veterans and spouses or partners of UK Armed Forces personnel looking to apply to university or college can now find a new information and advice page from UCAS on its website.
Students applying for entry to Higher Education (HE) can declare if they are from a UK Armed Forces family. The question has been included to help universities and colleges recognise and support these students as they embark on HE study.
The new advice has been produced following collaboration between the MOD, UCAS and the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP)Alliance.
The SCiP Alliance has worked with UCAS to develop guides that offer support for both students when applying for HE study as well as information for their schools or colleges.
Read this blog on the UCAS website: Are you from a UK Armed Forces family? Let your university or college know. Further FAQs are available through the UCAS website.Back to top
Information about student finance is also available via the following links:
The UK has four funding sources for student finance, and it is important that families understand that the financial offer is very different in each when deciding where to look for university provision.
When applying for student finance, it depends on where your ‘permanent ordinary residence’ is as to which source you are able to apply to.
As SFA is not considered as a permanent ordinary residence, a reciprocal agreement (between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) has been put in place to enable military families to apply for the student funding which they are entitled to.
If you are applying for student finance and live in SFA, you should apply to the nation where your soldier was living immediately before they joined the Army (i.e. wherever their registered home address was). This applies for a spouse or dependant child, regardless of where they want to study in the UK, and whether they are currently living in the UK or abroad.
If you live in your own home or a private rental, then you apply to the nation where you live, as per civilian rules.
If you are a non-UK family, please see the F&C Further education, higher education and student support page for further information on accessing higher education and student finance.
If you have any questions relating to student finance, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to top
The MOD has confirmed that any dependent children accompanying their serving parent overseas should be treated as a UK resident when applying for a university place and student funding, not as an international student. This recognises the fact that dependants are ordinarily resident in the UK and should be treated as such, because they are only not in England as a result of their parent’s temporary overseas posting.
AFF has clarified with UCAS how UK students living overseas should apply to university in the UK. They gave the following advice:
In addition, AFF recommends that you tick the box on the UCAS form to declare that you are from an Armed Forces family. This blog by the MOD Education Policy Team (formerly the Global Education Team), explains why: Are you from a UK Armed Forces family? Let your university or college know.
It is also recommended that you state that you are from a military family in your personal statement and ask your chosen referee to state this in their reference too.
If the universities that you are applying to have any queries with this, then they will be able to contact you directly to confirm that you are overseas due to a military posting.
If you have any questions about university applications or funding whilst overseas, please contact email@example.comBack to top
AFF has clarified with UCAS how students should complete their application details if they were born outside the UK during an overseas military posting. UCAS has advised that you state your actual place/country of birth but also select that you are a UK citizen. It also recommends that you use a UK postal address (or BFPO address) wherever possible, as this will ensure that you see the ‘more about you’ section of the application where UCAS asks about individual circumstances including being from a UK Armed Forces family.
If an individual university categorises you as an international student, then speak directly to the university to explain your situation.
If you are a non-UK family, please see the F&C Further education, higher education and student support page for further information on accessing higher education.
If you have any questions about university applications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to top
School Children’s Visits (SCV) flights for children in tertiary education are three return journeys per academic year.
This means that students undertaking their first degree can return home to their families during each main holiday period – Christmas, Easter and Summer.
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 Money & Allowances team at email@example.comBack to top
There are a number of grants and scholarships available to Service children at university:
If you have any questions or issues regarding student funding, please contact the Employment & Training Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about adult learning and funding can be found on our Training page.Back to top
UK ENIC 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 are no MOD Schools available.
If this applies to you, first contact the Education Advisory Team (EAT) (UK).
If you think you will need a conversion certificate for your university application, visit www.enic.org.uk. Please note, there will be a charge for this service.Back to top
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.
If you have any questions about the scholarships, e.g. what you need to do to apply or how to fill out the application form, contact Veterans UK.
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