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Armed Forces Personnel

Financial support for current and recent Armed Forces personnel

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme for armed forces personnel wishing to study a university course.


What is ELCAS?

ELCAS is a scheme run by the Ministry of Defence to provide financial support to armed forces personnel (both serving and service leavers) to study a course at university, which is of direct benefit to the service and which leads to personal and professional development.

If you are in your qualifying resettlment phase you may be eligible to claim under the Joint Funding Initiative Publicly Funded Further Education/Higher Education (PFFE/HE).  Information can be found at the following:


What funding is available through ELCAS?

Providing that you meet the ELCAS criteria ( you can apply for the following:

80% of your tuition fees up to £1,000 per year for up to three years - if you have four or more years eligible service

80% of your tuition fees up to £2,000 per year for up to three years - if you have eight or more years eligible service

You will be expected to contribute 20% towards your tuition fees which you can pay either in full or in instalments.

The grant from ELCAS will be paid direct to Cardiff Metropolitan University on your behalf.


How do I apply?

Firstly, you must ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria of the ELCAS scheme and then complete the application process at least five weeks before the start of the course, all details concerning this are on the ELCAS website.

Please note you will need our Learning Provider’s Reference Number which is 1294 for your application.

Any queries concerning completion of the Obligations of Learner Providers form can be directed to Admissions on 02920 416010 or Any further information concerning the scheme can be obtained from contacting our Finance Department on 029 2041 6083