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Part time students and benefits - Can part time students claim out of work benefits?

Find out more about part time students and benefits.

Can part time students claim out of work benefits?

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

If you are unemployed and trying to find work, you may be entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Because you usually have to be available for full-time work, you need to show that you are still available for work around your study hours.

You may be able to alter your agreed pattern of availability, but remember that, unless otherwise agreed, you will be expected to be willing to give up the course if suitable full-time work becomes available.

If you receive student support in the form of a grant or loan, this will probably reduce the amount of income-based JSA you can get.

Income Support

Part-time students can get Income Support as long as they are in one of the groups of people who can claim this benefit and fit the other rules. For example, if you:
•    Are a lone parent with a child under age five
•    Are a lone foster parent of a child under age 16
•    Are receiving long-term Incapacity Benefit

If you receive student support in the form of a grant or loan, this will probably reduce the amount of Income Support you can get.

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