What if I am a student
Gives information to students on whether they may be able to claim Housing Benefit.
What is a student?
A student is defined as “any person who is undertaking a course of study at an educational establishment”. This includes:
- study at any level (from school onwards) and either full or part-time
- students with or without loans or grants
- both state funded and private establishments
- both term-times and vacations
When a course of study starts a student is treated as such until they finish the course, abandon it or are dismissed from it. Therefore, someone is still classed as a student during the Christmas and Easter holidays and any summer holidays within the course, even if they take up full-time work.
Can I claim housing benefit?
Most full time students are not allowed to claim housing benefit. The exceptions to this include:
- students with a partner
- part time students
- students whose grant includes an amount for deafness
- students who get Incapacity Benefit
- students who get a Disability premium
- students who are responsible for a child (including foster children)
- students over pension age
- some students under 21 who are not in higher education
- students who are authorised absent from their course because they are ill or are caring for someone
If you are a student and are not sure if you can claim please contact us.Is there anything wrong with this page?