We treat student loans, grants and bursaries as income for Housing Benefit purposes.
If you or your partner are entitled to a student loan and choose not to take the loan, the amount you are entitled to will still be treated as your income.
This will also apply if you take a lower amount than you or your partner are entitled to.
We do not count some loans, grants and bursaries for Housing Benefit purposes:
- Childcare Grant
- Parent’s Learning Allowance
- some bursaries which are for course-related costs and/or childcare
- Special Support Grant
- student grant for tuition fees
- student loan for tuition fees
We will need to see an original Council Tax exemption certificate or a student registration letter confirming your weekly hours of study and the length of your course.