Extra financial help for students
On top of Student Loans, grants and bursaries, you may be able to claim extra financial help in some circumstances. Extra help may be available if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, if you're in financial hardship or if you're taking certain types of course.
Students with children
If you're a full-time higher education student with dependent children, the Childcare Grant maybe able to help with childcare costs, and the Parents' Learning Allowance with costs related to your course.
Students with a disability
If you have an impairment, medical condition or a learning difficulty, you may be entitled to claim extra financial help as a student - including Disabled Students' Allowances.
Students in financial difficulty
If you're in hardship and need extra financial support, universities and colleges in Northern Ireland can provide it through their Support Funds.You can apply if you're a full-time or part-time higher education student, or you're doing a postgraduate course.
Benefits for students with low incomes
Most full-time students are not entitled to claim social security benefits. However, part-time students and those in certain vulnerable groups may sometimes be eligible for income-related benefits such as Housing Benefit or Income Support. Contact your local Social Security Office for information.