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  • 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 stud...

  • Can I get Child Benefit?

    You can get Child Benefit if you are responsible for a child who: •    is under 16; or •    is aged 16 or 17 and has left education or training and meets Child Benefit 'extension period' rules (HMRC link opens in a new window); or •    is aged between 16 and 20 and on (or ...

  • How much Child Benefit will I get?

    Child Benefit is paid at a higher rate for your oldest child. This is £20.70 a week. If you have other children, you get £13.70 a week for each of them. You receive Child Benefit for every child or qualifying young person who you are responsible for, even if your other benefi...

  • How do I claim Child Benefit?

    You should claim Child Benefit as soon as your child is born or if a child comes to live with you. Download a claim form from the HMRC website (link opens in a new window) or phone the Child Benefit Office for a claim form: Telephone: 0300 200 3100 Textphone: 0300 200 3103 ...

  • How do I challenge a Child Benefit decision?

    If you disagree with the decision made on your child benefit claim you can ask HMRC to look at the decision again- this is called a 'mandatory reconsideration'.  If you still think the decision is wrong you can appeal to an independent tribunal. The time limits are strict, yo...

  • High income Child Benefit tax charge

    If you or your partner earn over £50,000, you may be subject to the high income Child Benefit tax charge. You can check whether you are over the £50,000 limit on the GOV. UK website. The amount of Child Benefit you can claim and receive is not affected. It can still be paid t...

  • Benefits during time out from study

    If you are a full-time student, whether you can get benefits during time out from study depends on the reason for taking time out and the benefit concerned. You can continue to get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment and Support All...

  • Who is a part time student for benefit purposes?

    For Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, whether you are a part-time student depends on your age and the level of the course. You are a part-time student if you are studying but you: ...

  • Can part time students claim out of work benefits?

    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 ag...

  • Can part time students get help with housing costs?

    If you are a part-time student, you may be able to get 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,...