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Part time study OU

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Weepingangel
Weepingangel Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello,

I hope someone can help me with some answers. I want to study part-time through Open University. I receive the Highest PiP rate, ESA AND Reduced help with housing and council tax benefits.

I contacted the different departments and was told That I should go ahead and Apply to OU and wait and see how it will affect the benefits I receive.

I would be grateful if someone can help with some answers.

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,650 Disability Gamechanger
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    Morning @Weepingangel

    Welcome to the community, I hope you are well this morning. Sorry to see that you received no replies on your discussion. It's nice to see you on the community, and thanks for making this post.

    Exciting news about your study, what is it that you want to study at the OU? I wanted to share this page on the Disability Rights UK website with you, it runs through a long list of FAQs relating to students and benefits / financial support. I hope it can be of use to you.

    This is a very supportive and welcoming site to be a part of so I’m hopeful that you’ll find it to be a positive outlet. Feel free to have a look around and get involved wherever you’d like 😊 I have included below a few of the pages I’d recommend having a look through to get used to things:

    • The virtual coffee lounge which is one of our categories, in which we play games and talk about general subjects such as hobbies and interests
    • The recent discussions page, which shows an overview of everything happening across the community
    • The categories page, which shows a full list of discussion groups on the community

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    Being a part time student doesn't affect any of your benefits. However, if there's a maintenance loan available to you this will affect any means tested benefits you maybe claiming, even if you don't take that loan.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Weepingangel
    Weepingangel Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thank you for the replies.
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    Being a part time student doesn't affect any of your benefits. However, if there's a maintenance loan available to you this will affect any means tested benefits you maybe claiming, even if you don't take that loan.
    Hi poppy12345,
    I`m not in this boat, but I`m intrigued as to why an available maintenance loan can affect benefits, even if not taken.
    Andy
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Cartini said:. I`m intrigued as to why an available maintenance loan can affect benefits, even if not taken.
    Because if a loan is available a person is expected to make use of the loan therefore any available loan is taken into account when calculating benefit entitlement (otherwise anybody who could would claim benefits instead of taking a loan).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    calcotti said:
    Cartini said:. I`m intrigued as to why an available maintenance loan can affect benefits, even if not taken.
    Because if a loan is available a person is expected to make use of the loan therefore any available loan is taken into account when calculating benefit entitlement (otherwise anybody who could would claim benefits instead of taking a loan).
    Thank you - got you.  I was thinking from a different angle.

  • bluefox
    bluefox Community member Posts: 642 Pioneering
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    Being a part time student doesn't affect any of your benefits. However, if there's a maintenance loan available to you this will affect any means tested benefits you maybe claiming, even if you don't take that loan.
    Does this mean you can also study part time at colleges?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,208 Disability Gamechanger
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    bluefox said:
    Being a part time student doesn't affect any of your benefits. However, if there's a maintenance loan available to you this will affect any means tested benefits you maybe claiming, even if you don't take that loan.
    Does this mean you can also study part time at colleges?
    Yes, as advised.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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