Full time students and benefits - Full time students and other benefits
Find out more about the definition of a full-time student for benefit purposes and whether you can claim any benefits or tax credits
Full time students and other benefits
You cannot get Carer’s Allowance if you are in full-time education, even during holidays. For Carer’s Allowance, full time usually means a course at any level that the school, college or university says is full time.
If you are responsible for a child, as a full-time student you can still claim Child Benefit.
If you are a full-time student who is over 66 and you have a low income, you may be able to get Pension Credit.
If you get Pension Credit (Guarantee credit), you will automatically receive your maximum entitlement to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
It is no longer possible to make new claims for tax credits. If you are already getting tax credits, you may be able to carry on receiving them. Otherwise, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit.
You can get tax credits even if you are a full-time student.
If you or your partner are working and have a fairly low income, you may get Working Tax Credit. However, in some cases you need to be aged 25 or over. How many hours you need to work will depend on your circumstances.
If you are responsible for children as a lone parent or as a member of a couple, you may get Child Tax Credit.
Most student support income is ignored but some additional payments may count as income.
Reviewed: January 2023