Warning Claim benefits before you apply to university
You will be able to claim means-tested benefits like Universal Credit while you study if your assessment says that you have limited capability for work. You will also need to meet other conditions, such as already claiming either:
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
If you claim Universal Credit after you start your course, the rules are stricter if you’re studying full-time.
What counts as student income
Your student income includes:
scholarships from a college or university for anything that’s not travel costs, books, equipment or childcare
bursaries, like a teacher training bursary
If you apply for a bursary and later decide that you do not want to take it, this will not affect your benefits.
For example, you may decide to do this if you find out that a bursary is worth less than you will lose in benefits.