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Full time students and benefits - Can full-time students get Housing Benefit?

Find out more about the definition of a full-time student for benefit purposes and whether you can claim any benefits or tax credits

Can full-time students get Housing Benefit?

Most people cannot make new claims for Housing Benefit. If you already have a claim for Housing Benefit, it is possible you might be able to continue claiming it while you study. Otherwise, any help with housing costs will be paid through Universal Credit.

Housing Benefit

If you are a full-time student, you can get Housing Benefit if you meet one of the following examples of  conditions:

If you are under Pension Credit age and receive student support, in the form of a grant or loan, this will usually reduce the amount of Housing Benefit you can get; unless you also get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, in which case you will automatically receive your maximum entitlement to Housing Benefit.

Updated: April 2019
 

 

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