Most students will not be eligible to receive Social Security benefits while attending a full-time course. However, the following categories of full-time students can claim benefits whilst attending University:

  • Single parent students
  • Students who are married or live with a partner as a couple
  • A student couple with children
  • Disabled students
  • Students who are treated as incapable of work
  • Students who are state pensioners
  • Deaf students in receipt of a Disabled Student Allowance
  • Students who are waiting to go back on a course, having taken approved time out because of an illness or caring responsibility and this has now come to an end.

​Some students may be eligible to apply for benefits under more than one category.

The Student Finance & Welfare Advisers have produced a broad overview of benefit entitlement for students with children and for disabled students​.

It is a student's responsibility to inform the Benefits Agency as soon as they become a full-time student. Failure to do so may cause a large overpayment and/ or an accusation of benefit fraud.​