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State Benefits for Students

Most full-time students are not allowed to claim Income Support or Housing Benefit, but there are important exceptions including disabled students and lone parents. If you are in doubt about your eligibility for these or other benefits, you should contact the Student Funding Welfare Adviser or the Rights and Advice Centre at the UCL Union.

Further information for higher education students with low incomes can be found here:

Benefits and financial support for students

If you have acted dishonestly or deliberately to claim benefits to which you’re not entitled and this comes to the attention of the office paying your benefit, they may try to investigate you for benefit fraud.

Benefit fraud is where people claim Housing and Council Tax Support and/or Social Security Benefits such as Tax Credits, Job Seekers Allowance and Income Support when they have no right to claim them.

If you are found guilty of committing benefit fraud it is likely that you will also have been overpaid benefit. The benefit office may take action to recover the over-payment in addition to prosecuting you for fraud.