Students and Benefits

Most full time students are excluded from benefits, particularly those benefits that rely on a means test. However, some students may be entitled to state benefits or tax credits depending upon your income and circumstances. Some of your student income will be taken into consideration when being assessed for benefits.

 Generally you may be able to claim if you:

  • Have responsibility for children
  • Have a disability and are in receipt of DLA (this will be reviewed when enrolling onto a full time course)
  • You leave your course temporarily because of illness or caring responsibilities.

 Some students may be able to get help with prescription,  dental and opticians charges.

 All full time students can apply for a Council Tax Exemption Form.

If you that you may be eligible for benefits you should seek further advice from:

 How to apply for benefits and where to get further information

 If you think that you are eligible to apply for benefits you should contact your local Jobcentre Plus.

Further information regarding all benefits and eligibility can be found on the website.

 Information relating to welfare & health benefits for EU& International Students is available on the UKCISA website.

It is important that you inform your Jobcentre Plus office when you become a full time student to ensure that you are not overpaid.


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