Students – Can I claim?
Which students are eligible to claim benefit?
- Students who are currently receiving Jobseekers Allowance (income based) or Income Support.
- All part time students.
- Students aged less than 19 years old and not in higher education.
- Student aged more than 60 years old or whose partner is similarly aged.
- Students who are responsible for a child or a young person.
- Students responsible for a foster child.
- Students who are registered or certified blind.
- Students in receipt of disability living allowance.
- Students who are disqualified from receiving incapacity benefit.
- Students who are deemed incapable of work for 28 weeks or more.
- Students who are absent from their course, with the consent of their educational establishment, through illness.
- Students who are absent from their course, with the consent of their educational establishment, because they were caring someone, and now are unable to get an educational grant or loan.
- Students whose grant includes a disabled student’s allowance for deafness.
Couples who claim benefit
If you are a student but your partner isn’t, it should be your partner who claims benefit. If you and are partner are both students, either both or one of you should meet one or more of the above conditions to be entitled to claim benefit, and only the student who meets that condition should claim benefit.
What information do I need to supply?
You will need to provide the same information as all other benefit claimants, please see the Evidence Requirements page.
Additionally you will need to provide proof of:
- Your student grant, ideally your student grant award letter, this should show the course you are attending, the hours of tuition received per week, the date your course began, and the length of the course.
- Your student loan award letter.
- Proof of any hardship or access fund payments you have received from your educational establishment.
- Proof of any income you receive other than that received for being a student, for example, proof of your earnings and / or state benefits.