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Students and Benefits
Skill and the Disability Alliance successfully completed a collaborative project, funded by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, in December 2006. The Disability Alliance is regarded as the leading authority on benefits and tax credits for disabled people in the UK, and complements our knowledge of student finance issues.
Both organisations continue to provide information on:
- benefits rights
- how benefits and education funding affect each other
- what support is available to improve access to education
through web-based information, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and training courses for advisers working with disabled students or prospective students in higher education.
Skill website useful links
This section explains how to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) if you are in higher education.
Disability Alliance website useful links
Full details of all disabled students benefits and what you can claim
Answers to questions such as, 'How will taking out a Student Loan affect my benefits?'
General information on the Skill/Disability Alliance project, with links to related pages
An essential guide to social security benefits, tax credits and related services for disabled people
Training courses for 2010
These are 1-day introductory courses on the benefits, loans and grants available to disabled students, aimed at student support staff in higher education.
The courses provide practical ways to help students protect their benefit rights and maximise their entitlement, including:
- the benefit barriers to accessing higher education
- Disability Living Allowance and how it is affected by study
- Incapacity Benefit and what to do if it is reviewed
- how loans and grants affect income support and housing benefit
- students and tax credits