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).

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the government’s announcements on 16 March, it is clear we are entering a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, we feel it is best to stop delivery of all face-to-face training until further notice.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

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.

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.

CPD hours 5