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ESA and Student Maintenance loan

Hi, 
I've just found out that I have a place at University and I am entitled to the highest rate of maintenance loan which is essential for me to be able to afford rent as I will be moving out of my family home and into a flat close to university with my partner. However, my partner and I both struggle severely with mental health issues, and my partner is in receipt of ESA currently. We are both now worried that upon receiving the loan that my partners ESA will be stopped. Please could anyone on here give any insight on what will happen? Any advice is appreciated. 

Thanks in advance. 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Do you claim any benefits yourself, if so what benefits to you claim?

    Does your partner claim Contributions based ESA or Income Related?

    When you move in with your partner then you will need to contact DWP to report the changes to them because you will be classed as a couple for all means tested benefits.


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  • laurenailaurenai Member Posts: 18 Connected
    Hi, 

    Thanks for the reply! We both claim PIP currently, and my partner claims income related ESA. 

    We already live together in my family home and ESA are aware of this. 

    Thank you again. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. I'm assuming you're claiming ESA as a couple? Of course your PIP won't be affected by the student loan.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • laurenailaurenai Member Posts: 18 Connected
    Yes, I believe I'm on his ESA claim. :) 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I'd advise you to give the disabled students helpline a ring and they will advise you correctly regarding the ESA and student loan because it's very complicated. https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/helplines/disabled-students-helpline

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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