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Student Support - How does student support affect benefits?

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How does student support affect benefits?

The rules about how student income, such as grants (including bursaries) and loans, affects benefits entitlement are quite complicated. If this concerns you, we suggest you seek further information from a benefits adviser. You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find a local one.

Benefits where student support is ignored

Student loans or grants are not taken into account as income for:

•    contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
•    contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
•    Pension Credit
•    Disability Living Allowance
•    Personal Independence Payment
•    Attendance Allowance
•    Incapacity Benefit
•    Carer's Allowance
•    Child Benefit

Student income is not taken into account for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support if you (or your partner) receive:

•    Income Support
•    income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
•    income-related Employment and Support Allowance or

*are of Pension Credit age

Benefits where student support is taken into account

Student loans or grants are taken into account as income for means-tested benefits, such as:

•    Income Support
•    income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
•    income-related Employment and Support Allowance
•    Housing Benefit
•    Council Tax Support

However, even for these benefits, some grant or loan income is ignored, including:

•    Fixed amounts for travel costs and books/equipment
•    Any allowance for tuition fees
•    A disabled student's allowance
•    An allowance to cover the cost of residential study
•    Any amount for childcare costs
•    A parent's learning allowance
•    A higher education grant
•    A special support grant
•    A higher education bursary for care leavers.

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