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    I'm new to this, just hoping someone can help me out, I'm currently out of work for the time being so I'm claiming job seekers allowance (jsa) but I am going back to college in June.

    My question is can I still claime jsa when really I'm not looking for a job as I'm going to be going to college or can I change over to income support and if i can, can I change over now as like i said I won't be looking for work or would I have to wait till college starts to claim?

    As that period of time between now and starting college I can't not have any money coming in?

    JSA will not pay you unless you are seen actively seeking part time or full time work. Once you start college, you may be eligible for a bursary (generally £100-£200 per every term to help towards travel costs. You may also be eligible for reduction of free bus/Train travel and lunches.

    ESA may consider if you are living in your own home as a single parent, unemployed and living alone with proof of bills costs and college attendance/no further income sources OR if you are disabled or have a parent or child that relies on you financially- but with the amount of proof and paperwork you have to send in, only to have them potentially decline your case- i wouldn't bother. But if you're lucky they will only begin to pay you when you start college as this proves you can't work because of education hours.

    College can be very expensive. It costs me £15 a week to travel to college, printing work out costs around £5 for 20 sheets- you also have to consider trips, materials and emergencies.

    Many workplaces offer zero hours contracts to students, where you have to work say 43 hours a week at any time as long as you 'clock in' and make this time up. An alternative would be to apply to an apprenticeship rather than college.

    College is not high school,you can not toss it off. If your attendance drops too low, if your work is too poor or they simply think you aren't interested, they have every right to remove you. Are you willing to put in the work/homework/time?

    Whereas an apprenticeship is paid,generally less commitment is required AND offers better chance of work in the future.
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