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Equivalent or Lower Level Qualifications (ELQ)
What are ELQs?
When we talk about ELQs we mean a qualification that is the same level of study as one you already hold. For instance, if you apply to study a BA in English but you've already completed a BA in History, this would be an ELQ.
What impact do ELQs have on my student finance?
If you plan to study for a qualification at the same level as one you already hold you may not be eligible for any Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loan or grant. However, you would still be able to apply for extra support such as Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs), Parent's Learning Allowance, Adult Dependents Grant and Childcare Grant.
See the Student Finance England website for more details about eligibility for funding.
The Government will no longer subsidise home/EU students who wish to study for a qualification which is assessed as being at the equivalent or a lower level to one they have already obtained. The University will charge a higher fee rate to students who fall into this category.
Please see the Student Finance site for more details.back to top