Many full time students are not eligible to claim benefits, but there are some exceptions. If you have a disability, or if you are a lone parent, or a part-time student, or if you have a partner who is not a student, you may find there is something you could claim. The benefits and tax credits system is complicated, but the Advice Centre staff can help you find out what you are entitled to. Please visit The Advice Centre and ask for a benefit check.
Changes to Benefits for Lone Parents
From October 2010 Income Support is no longer available to lone parents whose youngest child is aged 7 or over. This means that full-time, lone parent students who would usually only claim Income Support during the summer break, and who have no children aged under 7, can no longer do so.
These students may, however, be able to claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). In order to qualify for JSA students must be in receipt of Child Benefit. Whilst JSA claimants must usually be available for and actively seeking work, it is anticipated that those with child care costs may not expected to do so.
If you think you may be affected by these changes and would like further information, please contact the SRC Advice Centre.