Benefits for Students

This one-day course explains the restrictions that affects students when claiming benefits. It looks at the student eligibility rules for a number of benefits as well as the effect of student funding on Universal Credit (UC).

Being run in partnership with The Benefits Training Company the course includes access to 12 months ongoing advice and support from The Benefits Training Co, via phone and email.

If you would like this training delivered to a group of 5 or more staff at your premises please enquire below or phone us on 0344 515 1155. Please note this option does not include the 12 months advice offer. We can tailor the course content to meet the specific needs of the group.
Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
29 Nov 2018 London £150.00 £150.00 £150.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Please note: this is a change of date - this course was originally advertised in our June-Dec 2018 leaflet as being on 14 November.

Course contains

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  • Student eligibility:
    •     - Tax credits

          - Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit

          - Health/disability benefits and Carer’s Allowance

          - Universal Credit

          - How student income affects legacy benefits

  • Understanding UC rollout – full service and live service areas
  • What changes can lead to a claim for UC?
  • The UC assessment period
  • Elements of UC
  • Calculating student income for UC
  • How other forms of income affect UC
  • UC calculation examples
  • UC work requirements – how students are affected
  • The summer vacation/end of course/leaving a course

Learning outcomes

After attending this course, you will:

  • Know who counts as a student when claiming benefits in both Further Education and Higher Education;
  • Have gained an understanding of the different rules for students claiming a range of benefits including Income Support, Housing Benefit, health/disability benefits and Universal Credit.
  • Understand how UC is calculated for students including the effect of different types of student income;
  • Understand which students have to look for work whilst claiming Universal Credit and completing a course of education;
  • Understand how UC awards for students are affected during the summer holidays and at the end of the course;
  • Be able to advise students on their eligibility for UC and how much UC they are likely to get;
  • Have access to the BTC advice service for up to 12 months after the course.

Suitable for

This course is relevant to anyone who works with students of working age. Participants should have a working knowledge of the wider benefits system.

Meet the trainer

David Stickland

David Stickland has been a Shelter trainer since 2003. He has extensive experience as a Citizens Advice and local authority benefits caseworker.

David now combines training with working in frontline advice. He is the lead trainer at The Benefits Training Co. and works as an adviser on a busy telephone advice service in London. He runs a large number of Shelter's Housing Benefit and Welfare Benefits courses.

Before becoming a benefits adviser, David worked abroad as an English language teacher where he developed an interactive training style that is engaging, informative and enjoyable.

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