Full time education rules

Universal Credit: Full Time Education

When people in full time education may get Universal Credit

People in full-time education may get Universal Credit if any of the following apply, they:

  • are responsible for a dependent child or qualifying young person
  • are part of a couple where one or both adults are in education and are responsible for a dependent child or qualifying young person
  • are single or couple foster parents responsible for a dependent child or qualifying young person
  • have Limited Capability for Work and are entitled to Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit and are a member of a couple, but the other partner has not reached that age
  • are a member of a couple with no dependent children and one partner is eligible for Universal Credit

For more information about qualifying young persons who are in full time non-advanced education, see 16-19 year olds in education or training.

A student in full-time education may get Universal Credit for any period in which either of the following applies:

  • they have taken a break from their course because they are ill or caring for someone with the agreement of the educational establishment
  • they have recovered from illness, or stopped caring for someone within the last year but have not yet resumed their course

They must also not be eligible for a student loan, grant or bursary.

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