The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that, after much campaigning, Service families should now find it much easier to undertake distance learning while posted overseas.
Following an announcement by Universities Minister Jo Johnson, Forces families should no longer be excluded from accessing a student loan if they are not resident in the UK on the first day of their chosen course. The new rule will grant eligibility for student funding for a UK based distance learning course even if families are posted overseas while the course is still ongoing.
Championing spouse training.
AFF has worked hard for some time, to improve the employment and training prospects of Army spouses. Given that spouses are unable to work in some overseas locations, they are pleased that improved training opportunities will now be available.
AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: "AFF is delighted with the Government's decision to change student funding rules in order to provide Armed Forces families who are posted abroad with the same opportunities as those living in the UK, when accessing Student Finance England loans.
AFF is committed to ensuring our families are not disadvantaged due to the nature of their Service and this decision is an excellent conclusion to months of joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). These changes open up a raft of opportunities for the families of serving personnel who previously might have had to forgo training whilst posted abroad; we look forward to seeing the benefits over the months and years to come.
For more information about AFF and their employment and training work, visit www.aff.org.uk and click 'info'.