Universal Credit and Full time studyingWatch
I'm hoping someone can offer some advice or guidance.
I'm a 27 year old mother of two (2yrs/4yrs), I work part-time in healthcare (18hrs/wk). My partner works full time (40) and as we are low income we receive a universal credit top up.
I am hoping to return to college this year to do a Access to higher education course so that I can go to university next year. I have a interview next week. This course counts as full time, it's 3 days a week. I'm hoping I can carry on working my hours around it.
Will our universal credit stop? I would be entitled to a loan for the tuition fees, but we rely on the UC to help with rent and food.
If I get into university next year to do the course I would like to do, I'd be entitled to a NHS 5k non repayable bursary which I'm sure would effect our UC no doubt but would it be effected this year?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
The exception to this is over the summer, where you may be entitled to something as your income will drop. But you have to provide UC with proof of the start and end dates of the university year. Otherwise they assume 12 months.
I get about £11k between the maintenance loan and the parental learning allowance grant. As a result, we haven't been entitled to anything since my partner came off maternity leave.