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Student Support - How does student support affect benefits?

Students in universities and colleges of higher education may be able to get help with tuition fees, the costs of their course and their living expenses by getting student support in the form of student grants (including bursaries) or loans from the Government.

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:

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

Benefits where student support is taken into account

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

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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