State benefits

Benefits for full-time students

Most full-time students are not eligible to claim benefits, but there are some exceptions for parents, some students with disabilities, some pensioners and some students who have been ill and recovered or who have been caring for someone and this responsibility has ended.

If you are in the UK on a student visa or have any other type of limited leave to remain in the UK, do not claim any social security benefits without getting advice as you could breach your immigration conditions and could seriously affect your visa.

If you are an undergraduate student and are eligible for the Student Finance England Maintenance Loan, this will reduce the amount of income-based benefits paid to you. Some of the Student Finance England Grants also affect benefits. This applies even if you choose not to take out the Loans and Grants.

If you are a postgraduate student, the new Student Finance England postgraduate loan will also reduce your benefit entitlement. Different types of bank or study loans may also reduce your benefit.

If you claim or receive benefits, you must notify the relevant Benefit Office/DWP department that you are a full-time student and provide evidence of your student income as these are both changes in your circumstances.

For further information, visit our detailed Social Security benefits for full-time students page or contact Student Advice.

Benefits for part-time students

Part-time degree level study does not exclude a person from claiming benefits. You have to meet the usual benefit eligibility rules to qualify.

However, your claim could be affected if your study affects your availability for work or availability to attend specific job-seeking or other benefit related activities.

Although the Student Finance England funding for part-time undergraduate students does not reduce your benefit entitlement, the new Student Finance England loan for postgraduate study will. Different types of bank or study loans may also reduce your benefit.

If you receive or claim benefits, you must notify the relevant Benefit Office/DWP department that you are a part-time student and provide evidence of your student income as these are both changes in your circumstances.

For further information, visit our detailed Social Security benefits for part-time students page or contact Student Advice.