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Full time students and benefits - Can full-time students claim disability benefits?

Find out more about the definition of a full-time student for benefit purposes and whether you can claim any benefits or tax credits

Can full-time students claim disability benefits?

Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance

You can get Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance even if you are a full-time student.

If you have disabilities, are aged under 65 and need help with your personal care or mobility needs, you can get Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you need help with personal care and are aged 65 or over, you can get Attendance Allowance.

PIP and Attendance Allowance are not means-tested. This means any income (including student grants or loans) or savings you have are ignored.

If activities you do as part of your course suggest that your health has improved, your PIP or Attendance Allowance may stop. For example, if you are getting PIP because you said you have problems with walking and your course involves a lot of physical activity, this could cause your award to be reviewed.

Disability Living Allowance

You cannot make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance but if you are already claiming it, you can continue to get it when you become a full-time student, as long as you still meet the criteria.

If you are still getting Disability Living Allowance, you will be reassessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

See When will I move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

If activities you do as part of your course suggest that your health has improved, you could lose your benefit. For example, if you are getting Disability Living Allowance because you said you have problems with walking and your course involves a lot of physical activity, this could cause your claim to be reviewed.

Updated: April 2019

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