Students Staff

Claiming benefits

Who can claim

  • Students with children

    If you have children living with you then you may be entitled to additional student funding and some benefits. If you will be joining us on a full-time course, our factsheets will help you prepare:

  • Part-time students

    Part-time students are not excluded from claiming welfare benefits. However, if you are applying as a jobseeker you will still need to comply with any conditions and Jobcentre requirements, such as meeting with an adviser, looking for work and taking a job if offered one.

  • Disabled students

    If you are a full-time student in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) you should inform the Department for Work and Pensions that you are starting a course of full-time study. This should not affect your disability benefit.

    You may be able to apply for additional benefits while studying. If you'll be studying a full-time undergraduate course then our factsheet provides further information. If you will be starting postgraduate study and have questions about your benefits please complete our funding enquiry form.

  • Some intermitting students

    Students who are waiting to return from an intermission for medical reasons or due to caring responsibilities may be able to claim benefits from the date they recover, or their caring responsibilities come to an end, up to the date the course resumes. If you would like advice please complete our funding enquiry form.

  • Pensioners

    Please seek specialist advice if you are a student who is a pensioner.

Where to get help

Advice about making benefit claims or changes in circumstances for benefit claimants can be sought from your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Disabled students can ring the helpline for students at Disability Rights UK.

Further information

Information about benefits for higher education students is provided by: