Most full-time students (this includes undergraduate and postgraduate) are not eligible for means-tested welfare benefits including Universal Credit. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. (See sections below)
You count as a student from the first day until the last date of the course or if you do not complete the course, until the day you are withdrawn from or abandon it. This means that you count as a student even during holidays and when taking time out from studying, unless certain circumstances apply. See ‘Taking time out from studying‘.
Students on a Student Visa have no recourse to public funds and so are not eligible for any welfare benefits under their visa conditions.
If you would like to speak to someone about possible benefit entitlement, Student Support and Advice can help. We give specialist, confidential advice to both enrolled and prospective students at the University of Lincoln. To book a telephone appointment with a specialist adviser, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone Student Support on 01522 837080.
Enrolled and prospective students can complete the Benefit Calculation Sheet below and email it to email@example.com for further assistance.