19 Jun, 2021 01:03 PM

How do I gain money when I'm in full time education?

Hello I'm an 18 year old from the UK in full time education (college) and I am not receiving any money from anything... Therefore I am living off my mum, but she is struggling (she isn't receiving child benefits for me anymore and she is also unemployed) I can't apply for money from the college for being over 18 and I can't apply for Job Seekers allowance because I am in full time education as for a part time job, I have been looking actively for two years! After college I start University, will I have the same problem there? I'm stuck, confused and I don't know what to do, I plan on seeing financial guidance in person but I thought I would ask here first.

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19 Jun, 2021 01:03 PM

You are NOT living off your Mum. Your Mum is being paid Child Tax Credits (£60pw) to cover your living costs while you are in full-time education or until you turn 20.

As long as you didn't take a break in education (i.e. went straight to college from school) you mum just needs to contact Child Benefit and notify them you never left education and she will start getting the Child Benefit again until you turn 19. Then it stops. Child Benefit is £20pw extra.

Your Mum already gets money for you, she is entitled to £80pw in total (if she doesn't get CTC or CHB she needs to contact them, that is her responsibility not yours), until you turn 20.

When you complete your A Levels you apply for student finance for Univeristy which is £7000pa (twice as much as JSA). It covers your accomodation and living costs at university. You get less if you stay at home.

19 Jun, 2021 01:04 PM

im in the states and i never heard of job seekers allowance but why cant you get on work study at your school here in the states the college students work on campus and earn money or the college help you find a job...can you work somewhere very part time?

Good luck to you and your mom I hope you two find empliyemen

19 Jun, 2021 01:04 PM

Babysit...if you babsit a total of 10 hours a week, that's100 american bucks a week....also, you can mow lawns for people, clean their pools, etc.