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Full time students and benefits - Can full time students get help with housing costs?

Find out more about full time students and benefits.

Can full time students get help with housing costs?

Housing Benefit

If you are a full-time student, you can get Housing Benefit if you meet one of the following examples of  conditions:

• you receive Income Support (IS) or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• you are a lone parent or a member of a couple who are responsible for a child and are both full-time students (this applies throughout the year not just during summer holidays)
• you are a lone foster carer with a child formally placed with you by a local authority or voluntary agency
• you receive Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance, the disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit or a War Pensioner’s Disability Supplement
• you or your partner are registered blind
• you have been unable to work due to sickness or disability for at least 28 weeks
• you qualify for a disabled student’s allowance because you are deaf
• you take time out from your course because of illness or caring responsibilities in certain circumstances (see Time out from study within this guide).
• you are under 21 on a non-advanced course -age can sometimes be extended to 22
• you are over Pension Credit age and neither you nor your partner are getting  Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance . If you qualify for guaranteed Pension Credit you will receive maximum entitlement to Housing Benefit.
 

If you are under Pension Credit age and receive student support, in the form of a grant or loan, this will usually reduce the amount of Housing Benefit you can get; unless you also get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance in which case you will automatically receive your maximum entitlement to Housing Benefit.



 

 

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