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ELCAS - Funding from the Ministry of Defence

Everything you need to know about Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCAS) funding for members of the Armed Forces.

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

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Last updated: 18/01/2021

The official name for our institution is the 'University of Northumbria at Newcastle' and our institution number is 1286. This should be stated on your Claim Authorisation Note when you receive it.

Our tuition fees vary depending on the level and mode of the study. Please click here for information about tuition fees for our undergraduate course, or here for tuition fees information for our postgraduate/masters courses. Alternatively, if you wish to undertake postgraduate research (such as a PhD or MPhil), you can click here.

You should email your CAN as soon as possible to our finance team In order for us to invoice ELCAS for your fees we must receive this as close to your start date as possible. If we do not receive this document prior to our invoicing stage, it may become void and you will become liable for paying your own tuition fees.

  • After studying 60 credits students are eligible to exit the programme and receive a Postgraduate Certificate.
  • After studying 120 credits students are eligible to exit the programme and receive a Postgraduate Diploma.
  • After studying 180 credits students are eligible to exit the programme and receive a full Masters degree.

You can visit the their website here. You can also click here to view their FAQs page where you may find your answer.

If you are receiving funding from ELCAS but have received correspondence from Northumbria University regarding outstanding tuition fees; please email a copy of your Claim Authorisation Note to as the University may be unaware that your ELCAS funding has been approved. We will then ensure that your student account is updated that you are receiving ELCAS funding. In the circumstances that your ELCAS funding does not cover the full amount of your tuition fees, please click here to find out about our payment terms to pay the remainder.

If you are required to pay an additional fee contribution, you can click here to see our payment terms. If you are required to pay a personal fee contribution to your tuition fees, this should be done as soon as possible. ELCAS will not permit the Northumbria University to submit an invoice for a claim on your behalf until your personal fee contribution has been paid in full. The claim must be submitted to ELCAS within nine months of the start date of your course. Late payment may result in your Claim Authorisation Note becoming void. In these circumstances you will become liable for paying your own tuition fees in full.

If you study part time you will be charged for the modules you undertake in each academic year. Various modules attract different numbers of credits, and tuition fees are calculated for every 10 credits which are undertaken. For more information regarding part time tuition fees, please visit the course page. Please note that the amount charged per 10 credits normally increases each academic year.

ELCAS allows one Claim Authorisation Note per year. Only one CAN will be accepted by the University per academic year.

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