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  • Can part time students claim disability benefits?

    If you are a part time student who is not able to work due to illness or disability, you may be entitled to contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have previously worked and paid national insurance contributions. You may be able to qualify for inco...

  • Part time students and other benefits

    If you are a part-time student and your course involves you studying for less than 21 hours per week, you may be able to claim Carer's Allowance if you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit. If you are responsible fo...

  • Benefits during time out from study

    If you are a part-time student and take time out from study, you may still be treated as a part-time student and have some of your student support taken into account if you claim means-tested benefits.

  • What is student support?

    Students in universities and colleges of higher education may be able to get help with tuition fees, the costs of their course and their living expenses by getting student support in the form of student grants (including bursaries) or loans from the Government. A grant does n...

  • How much student support will I get?

    The amount of help you can get depends on where you are studying, where you are living whilst studying, the fees charged by your university or college and your family circumstances. Some students could get extra financial help, for example:•    single parents •    student pa...

  • How do I claim student support?

    You can apply online or on paper. Follow the links below for the applications forms. •    More information on loans and grants in England (link opens in a new window) •    More information on loans and grants in Wales (link opens in a new window) •    More information on l...

  • How does student support affect benefits?

    The rules about how student income, such as grants (including bursaries) and loans, affects benefits entitlement are quite complicated. If this concerns you, we suggest you seek further information from a benefits adviser. You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find a local ...

  • How does student support affect tax credits?

    Student loan income is ignored when working out the amount of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit you will get. Some student grant income is ignored for Tax Credits, including: •    any amount for tuition fees •    a postgraduate maintenance grant •    certain bursarie...

  • What is the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

    The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme provides financial help if you have an illness or injury caused by service in the Armed Forces on or after 6 April 2005. It can also help if you are the spouse or civil partner of a service person whose death was caused by service. In the ...

  • Can I apply to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

    You might be able to get financial help from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme if you have an illness or injury caused by service in the Armed Forces on or after 6 April 2005. You do not have to have fought in a war or seen active service to get financial help from the...