Young people in education
If you are attending a course of advanced education, see our Studying (aged 16+) section for information about the rules relating to benefits while studying.
Most young people who are in relevant education are prevented from claiming benefits. However, you may be able to claim Income Support if your income is low enough and you:
Have a child for whom you receive Child Benefit
Are a student from abroad whose funds from abroad are temporarily disrupted (you’ll only get benefit for a maximum of six weeks)
Are a refugee learning English
Are an orphan and have no-one acting for you in place of your parents
You have left local authority care and live away from your parents or any person acting in their place
(but see the special rules for care leavers)
If you cannot claim benefits for yourself while you are in relevant education because you do not fall into one of the groups described above, your parents/guardian may be able to continue getting benefits for you as their child.
In some limited situations, you may have entitlement to benefits in your own right and your parent/guardian may also have entitlement to benefits such as Child Benefit for you at the same time. What you claim can have an effect on the benefits that your parent/guardian can claim.
For example, Maria claims Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for her daughter Louise, who is aged 16 and in relevant education. Louise gives birth to a son, Charlie. If Louise claims Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for Charlie, Maria could still get Child Benefit for Louise, but will lose Child Tax Credit for her. If Louise claims Income Support, then Maria will also lose her Child Benefit.
If you are in this situation, you should seek advice about what would be the best choice from a local benefits adviser. You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find a local one.