Can full time students claim out of work benefits?
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Even if you are unemployed and looking for work, you will not be entitled to Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) if you are a full-time student.
The exception to this is;
- If you are a lone parent
- A member of a couple with a child where both of you are full-time students and you claim during your summer holidays.
- If you are attending a DWP related course or scheme for a limited period (seek specialist advice in this case)
You may also be able to get JSA for a limited period after taking time out from study.
If you receive student support in the form of a grant or loan, this will probably reduce the amount of income-based JSA you can get.
Most full-time students are not entitled to Income Support. However, you may be entitled to this benefit as a full-time student if you are:
• A lone parent with a child under five
• A lone foster parent of a child under 16
• Receiving long-term Incapacity Benefit
• A refugee who is learning English to obtain employment
• Under 21 or reached 21 whilst enrolled on or accepted on a full-time non-advanced course and you are without parental support
If you would qualify for Income Support if you were not a full-time student and you are a lone parent or a member of a couple with a child where both of you are full-time students, you can claim during your summer holidays.
If you receive student support in the form of a grant or loan, this will probably reduce the amount of Income Support you can get.