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Full time students and benefits - Who is a full time student for benefit purposes?

Find out more about full time students and benefits.

Who is a full time student for benefit purposes?

For Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, whether you are a full-time student depends on your age and the level of the course.

You are a full-time student if:
• You are not a "qualifying young person" for Child Benefit purposes
• You are not getting a training allowance
• You are not in 'relevant education'
and
• You are aged under 19 and on a full-time course of ‘advanced education
or
• You are aged 19 or over and on a full-time course of study at any level, unless you are aged under 20 and can still be treated as in relevant education.

You count as a student from the first day until the last day of the course or if you do not complete it, until the day you are dismissed from or abandon the course. This means that you count as a student even during holidays and when taking time out from studying, unless certain circumstances apply (see Time out from study within this guide)

Students with Partners

If you are a full-time student and you live with a partner who is not a student, they may be able to claim means-tested benefits for you both. Some of your student support may be taken into account.

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Find out what means-tested benefits you might be entitled to, including tax credits.

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