Claiming benefits

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Claiming benefits whilst studying

  • Most full time students are not able to claim government benefits, but there are exceptions to this rule.
  • If you have an ‘underlying entitlement to means-tested benefits’ ( e.g. income support, housing benefit, Universal Credit), you may be eligible to claim.
  • Typically, students who have an underlying entitlement to means-tested benefits are: lone (single) parents, students with children and a partner who is also a full-time student, some disabled students and some refugees.
  • The benefits you may be able to apply for depend on your individual circumstances.
  • If you are a part time student the rules are different and most part time students can access the benefits system. There may be exceptions depending on the number of hours you study.

Claiming benefits whilst looking for work

  • Most full time students cannot claim benefits while they are studying and looking for work, however there are some exceptions.
  • If you have an ‘underlying entitlement to means-tested benefits’ ( e.g. income support, housing benefit, Universal Credit), you may be eligible to claim.

When you have completed your course, you may be able to claim benefits. The date you can claim from may be earlier than you think; you do not have to wait for your final results. Once you have actively completed your course, sat your last exam or submitted your final assignment etc you may be able to make an application.

 

If you would like to speak to someone about possible benefit entitlement, the Advice Service can help. We give specialist, confidential advice to students at the University of Lincoln. To book a confidential telephone appointment with a specialist adviser, please email studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk, telephone Student Support on 01522 837080, or visit the Information Hub on the ground floor of the Atrium in the Minerva Building.

 

 

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