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does anybody know if being granted a student grant of £9000 affects your benefit entitlement, housing benefit, council tax benefits and working tax credits? my girlfriend works 19hrs a week, and is classed as a full time student even though she is only at uni 11hrs a week. any advice greatly appreciated.

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Full-time students are not entitled to benefits unless they are disabled, have children or some other specific circumstances. Student support (surely a loan rather than a grant?) is *meant* to be sufficient to cover basic housing costs and maintenance while studying.

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its a grant, being paid in 3 instalments and she has 2 children. its her final year at uni

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Certain amount of money ignored for things like books and travel. Basically, you're awarded £x per year and DWP have to ignore £y amount for things like books, travel, etc.

 

I am not sure of the current rates they ignore.

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Something tiny for books, £125 a year for travel I think.

 

It's worth applying and giving both your incomes (assuming you live together), just in case you are eligible for some help towards CTB and HB

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