Benefits for Students


Course aims

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).

Course objectives
By the end of the course participants 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.


Methods of delivery
This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games. Participants should bring a basic calculator with them.


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.

FOR 12 MONTHS' FREE EXPERT BENEFITS SUPPORT,  book onto one of our open courses (or book an in-house course for your organisation). Any Benefits Training Co. course attendees wanting further advice with specific cases should contact the email address on their e-certificate.

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