If you are a student this page tells you if you can claim Housing Benefit.
Most students cannot claim Housing Benefit. This applies both during term time and all of the vacations, including the summer vacation.
However, if you are one of the following you, can
claim housing benefit:
How is Housing Benefit calculated?
- lone parents - if you are responsible for a child or young person and do not have a partner
- pensioners - if you or your partner is aged 60 or over
- people with Disabilities - providing that you satisfy certain conditions such as getting a disability related benefit
- students who are getting Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Related Employment Support Allowance If you are a couple and both you and your partner are students and you have at least one dependant child
- if you are a couple and one partner is not a student (the non-student partner should make the claim)
- if you are a student in further education (up to 'A Level' standard) and you are under 21 years of age. A further education student, who turned 21 during the course of study, can also continue to claim up to age of 22
- if you are a part time student - The law does not define full time or part time courses, so we may need to consult your educational establishment about this or tell us about your course
- if you are responsible for a foster child who has been formally placed with you by a local authority or a voluntary organisation
- you are unable to get a grant or loan following an absence from studies due to illness or providing care. This applies only from the date you ceased your studies until the day before resuming the course, and only for a maximum of 1 year
- trainees on government training for work schemes do not count as students, nor do people on other training courses that do not take place at a college, school or equivalent.
The rules for student claims are complex, but here is some general information about what is taken into account when we work out your benefit:
The maximum loan, which is available to you, will be treated as income, even if you opt to take a lesser amount of the loan.
Most Student grants are treated as income but some are ignored. It is therefore important that you send your student finance letter that gives a full breakdown of the types of grant you receive.
Payments from the Access Fund are treated as income if they are used to cover living expenses.
Covenant income is taken into account in full.
A fixed amount can be ignored from your loan for books and travelling expenses.
You must also declare any other form of funding you receive, in support of your studies, that is not mentioned above.
How do I apply?
You need to download the application from the expandable Documents
section on this page and return it to Welfare & Benefits, Selectapost 15, Leeds, LS2 8BA.