Students don't normally have access to benefits but there are some exceptions if you have disabilities.
If you would like to know more about any of these benefits and/or how to claim you contact ASK or visit the links to other specialist organisations.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independence Payment is for people with a long-term health condition or disability. It is replacing Disability Living Allowance – if you are claiming DLA you will be contacted within the next few years about switching to PIP.
PIP is intended to help you with the extra costs of living with your condition but you can spend the money however you like.
After you make a claim you will be sent a ‘How your disability affects you’ form. These forms are long and complicated so please make an appointment with us for help filling it in.
After you submit your claim you will be asked to attend an assessment.
For more information about PIP you can visit:
Disability Rights UK
Universal Credit with elements for illness
You might also be able to claim Universal Credit with elements for illness or disability (which replaced Employment and Support Allowance) if you're getting DLA or PIP. However, in order to claim you must have had a Work Capability Assessment and students are not eligible to be assessed; this means you will need to have already had a WCA before the start of your course. Welfare advisers had been using a loophole to help students start a claim during their course but as of December 2021 this loophole will be closed (subject to any successful court challenges).
Alternatively, some students can also claim new style Employment and Support Allowance if they have enough National Insurance contributions from previous work.
Universal Credit with housing element
If you're eligible for Universal Credit you may also get the housing element to help you with rent. This can be paid if you live in university accommodation or rent from a private landlord.
For more information about Universal Credit you can visit:
Gov.uk (with more specific student information here)
Disability Rights UK
Turn2us (with more specific student information here)