Students and benefits project

This project aims to increase the number of low income students in Scotland in further and higher education and reduce the impact of poverty on students who access such educational opportunities.

This is through increasing the capacity of front line advice services (in educational institutions and in the wider community) to provide accurate, high quality and effective advice and information on benefits and tax credits for students to eligible claimants – particularly lone parents and those on low incomes. We do this by providing training, factsheets, a handbook, an ebulletin and running an advice line.


Download our student benefits training leaflet. As well as the courses above we also offer the below introductory course in-house at your workplace or a venue which suits you.

Students and benefits – the basics (2 hours)

This course gives an overview of benefits and tax credits that students can claim. It helps non-welfare-rights advisers recognise when these are relevant for students, and advise them appropriately. It includes:

  • An overview of the benefits and tax credits system
  • Which groups of students can claim benefits
  • Which benefits they can claim
  • The impact of student support on benefits
  •  Signposting students for help with benefit enquiries

This course is at the special price of £150 (plus tutor's expenses) for up to 20 people for organisations in Scotland. To make an enquiry or to book this course please complete our online enquiry form.


We produce a range of factsheets on different aspects of benefits for students in Scotland, which you can download below:

Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook 2016/17

We produce an updated and revised edition of the Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook early in the academic year. We also ensure the online version of this Handbook is updated after April each year with new benefit rates and other changes.

The 14th edition of this Handbook has been updated to include the impact of welfare reform changes on students. It is available to buy here.

We are no longer able to provide free copies of the handbook to universities, colleges and CABx, due to reduced funding.

View the free online version of the Handbook here

Ebulletin: Students and benefits

Our quarterly ebulletin keeps you up to date with changes in benefits that may affect students. You can read past editions by following the links below, or sign up to the e-bulletin here.

Advice line for advisers

If you work in Scotland and advise students or people thinking about studying, our advice line on welfare benefits and tax credits can help you.

For further information please contact:

Angela Toal
Tel: 0141 552 8361

This project is funded by the Scottish Government.