Dear Student Finance
Hi, I want a change of careers, if I already have a Ba(Hons), am I eligible for Foundation Degree Loan?
I read that a Foundation Degree is not an "Equivalent Degree" because of the EQL Regulation? Can I get financial help from the SLC or some other Gov. Body?
"It is not unusual for individuals with undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications to undertake a Foundation degree. Indeed, around 20% of Foundation degree students already have higher education qualifications. Some of these individuals may be seeking to change careers or perhaps to gain very specific technical skills and knowledge in their existing field. Regulations concerning the funding of Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQs) have caused some confusion about the funding available to students. These regulations will still apply in 2013/2014, but the government is reviewing them, particularly in relation to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). At present, Foundation degrees are exempt from the ELQ regulations, but not necessarily the "top-up courses" that convert these to honours degrees. This means that Foundation degree students will still have to pay tuition fees, but may be eligible for loans to cover these, and for student support. Students who fall within the ELQ regulations are not eligible for any support and have to pay fees and maintenance costs upfront. It is essential that anyone who thinks they may be affected by this seeks up to date advice before applying for courses."
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