Armed forces to access student loans from abroad after change in rules

The Telegraph is reporting that British military families will be able to study at UK universities while posted abroad after a change in the rules which barred them from claiming student loans, it has emerged.

Currently prospective students must be residents 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 has meant armed forces posted overseas and their family members living with them have been unable to access loans for undergraduate or postgraduate distance learning courses if they are serving overseas on the first day of their course.

However, the Government is adding 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.

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said: “It is absolutely right that the government does all it can to support members of the armed forces and their families, recognising the service they provide to us all.”

Sara Baade, chief executive of the Army Families Federation (AFF), said: “[We] are delighted with the Government’s decision to change student funding rules in order to provide Armed Forces families who are posted abroad the same opportunities as those living in the UK, in accessing Student Finance England loans.”

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