Students and benefits is a complex area therefore advice should always be sought from an experienced specialist adviser or student service.
You can seek advice in your local area by using our Find an Adviser tool and you can also obtain assistance from the organisations listed below.
Student Advice Services/ Welfare Office at Colleges/Universities
Most universities and colleges will have a student advice/welfare service. The university offices normally provide advice on a range of issues including housing, benefits and student financial support. Students may also be able to access 'Hardship Payments' through student support offices. Services offered by colleges maybe more limited.
Disabled Students Helpline
Disability Rights UK run a free specialist helpline to advise and support disabled people aged over 16 in England, who are studying or wish to study full-time or part-time.
Tel: 0800 328 5050 (Tues 11.30 – 13.30 and Thurs, 13.30 – 15.30)Email:firstname.lastname@example.org .
General information is also provided to disabled students in Scotland and Wales.
Scotland Tel: 0131 228 9441 or 0800 999 2568
GOV.UK website - Student Finance
Detailed information on financial support for students can be accessed from the GOV.UK site.
National Union Students(NUS)
Comprehensive range of student information provided including an advice section on website. Visit the NUS website for information
National Apprenticeship Helpline
The helpline provides guidance on accessing apprenticeships and related issues. You can obtain further information from the GOV.UK site.
Tel: 0800 015 0400 or 0247 682 6482