Part Time Students

Being enrolled on a part-time course will not, in and of itself, prevent you from claiming benefits. However, if you are in receipt of any living costs funding, this may be taken into account when calculating the extent of your entitlement to various mean-tested benefits such as universal credit and housing benefit. In addition, if any of the benefits you claim entail any work-related requirements (e.g. if you need to commit to seeking full-time work to claim jobseeker’s allowance), you may need to persuade your job-coach that your part-time course does not conflict with these work-related requirements.


If you are not in receipt of any student funding, use this calculator to determine your eligibility for benefits. If you are in receipt of any student funding, contact our team for further information on how this will affect your benefit entitlement.

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