Part time students and benefits - Can part-time students claim Universal Credit?

Find out more about the definition of a part-time student for benefit purposes and whether you can claim any benefits or tax credits

Can part-time students claim Universal Credit?

If you are a part-time student, you can only claim Universal Credit if your course does not stop you from doing your work related activities.

What your work related activities are will depend on your circumstances.

If you are expected to look for work and be available for work, you will have to show that your course won’t stop you from doing this, and you might have to agree to give up your course if you get a job offer.

You might be able to argue that your course will help you to get a job or a better paid job, and so that it should mean you need to spend less hours looking for work. You will need to agree this with your work coach. 


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