Period of student income

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    Can anyone answer the following question regarding what period a students income should be calculated for.

    Our understanding is that a students income (loan and grant) should be worked out from Sept to June to gain a weekly income for benefit purposes.

    However, we have a difference of opinion within the office regarding what we should do for the period June to September.

    During this period do we remove the student income from the claim or does this amount remain on the claim throughout?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks


    The student loan and grant are not paid for the summer hols and should not under any circs be taken into account for that period. It covers the period of study in a particular year. You’d be treating them as having income that they do not have. You also need to look at the different rules for 1st and final year students and one-year courses as the dates do not automatically tie in with the first Monday in September to last Sunday in June rules either.

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