If you have a long-term disability or condition you might be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This benefit is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) so if you are already on DLA you will be switched to PIP in the next few years.
PIP is given to help you with the extra costs of living with your condition but you can spend the money however you like – and it isn’t taxable.
PIP is based on how your condition affects your ability to carry out daily activities, such as washing yourself, dressing and undressing, preparing food, socialising with people, and moving around.
You might also be able to claim Universal Credit with elements for illness or disability (which replaced Employment and Support Allowance). Alternatively, some students can also claim new style Employment and Support Allowance if they have enough National Insurance contributions from previous work.
You can get more information about what help is available to disabled students on the ‘Disabled Students’ page.
Students with Children
Students who are responsible for a child can claim Child Benefit and Universal Credit child element (which has replaced Child Tax Credit).
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to claim the Universal Credit housing element and, if you're working, the childcare element - but please bear in mind you can't claim the childcare element if you're receiving the Childcare Grant from Student Finance.
For more information about what help might be available to you, you can visit the ‘Children' page.