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Disability Rights UK Factsheet F34

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These are some of the common queries we receive concerning disabled students. If you cannot find the answer to your question among these FAQs then why not call our Disabled Students Helpline.

Universal Credit is a new benefit which has been rolled out across the UK to replace the following legacy working age means-tested benefits: income support; income-based jobseeker’s allowance; income-related employment and support allowance; child tax credit and working tax credit; and housing benefit.

  • are in non-advanced education, are under the age of 21 (or are 21 and reached that age while undertaking the course) and have no parental support;
  • are responsible for a child or qualifying young person’;
  • are a single foster parent;
  • are one of a couple, your partner is also a student and they are responsible for a child or qualifying young person (including as a foster parent);
  • are over pension age and have a partner who has not reached that age;
  • are waiting to return to your course after taking time out because of illness or caring responsibilities; or
  • have a partner who is not a student (or who is able to claim Universal Credit as a student themselves).
  • are entitled to attendance allowance, disability living allowance or personal independence payment and you have a limited capability for work.

If you have not already been assessed as having a limited capability for work, the DWP will refuse your Universal Credit claim. You should claim New Style (contributory) ESA on a credits-only’ basis to have your limited capability for work assessed.

If you’re a student who is able to claim Universal Credit payday loans Four Oaks North Carolina online you will be placed in the no work-related requirements’ group while you’re:

  • studying if you’re in receipt of student income such as a maintenance loan
  • under 21 (or are 21 and reached that age while undertaking the course), in full-time non-advanced education and have no parental support.

Normally this applies over the whole academic year but during the summer vacation you may be subject to work-related requirements. If you aren’t exempt from work-related requirements under these rules you ple if you have a limited capability for work related activity.

Universal Credit is means-tested. If you are entitled to student income, it is likely to be counted as income for Universal Credit and reduce the award that you get.

For detailed information on how student income affects Universal Credit and an example of how student income is calculated see the Child Poverty Action Group factsheet Universal Credit and Students.

As a part-time student you can continue to claim Universal Credit if your course is compatible with your work-related requirements. If you are subject to all work-related requirements under Universal Credit you must show that you meet these, despite being on a part-time course. What your work-related activities are will depend on your circumstances. For example, if you are expected to look for work and be available for work, you will have to show that your course won’t stop you from doing this.

Universal Credit is means-tested. If you are entitled to student income, it is likely to be counted as income for Universal Credit and reduce the award that you get.

I will be starting a full-time undergraduate degree course and will be entitled to a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). How will my entitlement affect my Universal Credit?

Student FAQs

Your student income can affect how much Universal Credit you get. Universal Credit is paid monthly and is based on your circumstances during that month. This is called your assessment period’. For each assessment period that you attend the course, an amount for student income you receive or are entitled to receive is taken off your Universal Credit.

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