Your entitlement to benefits could change when you enrol as a student.
Enrolling at university needs to be declared to relevant authorities such as the Department for Work and Pensions, and HMRC, if you are in receipt of benefits.
You may need to get advice from our local advice and guidance specialists to be fully informed about your benefit entitlement whilst studying here at Suffolk.
Please find a list below of recommended specialists:
Gaining advice around your benefit situation
- Citizens’ Advice Bureau – can help you with general benefit queries:
Citizens' Advice Bureau - Ipswich
Citizens' Advice Bureau - Bury St Edmunds
Citizens' Advice Bureau - Lowestoft
Citizens' Advice Bureau - Great Yarmouth
- Ipswich Housing Action Group - Suffolk only
- Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau – if you are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment and/or Employment Support Allowance becoming a student may affect your entitlement to ESA. To gain further advice on this, we recommend speaking to the Disabled Advice Bureau
Disabled Students Allowance
Please take a look at the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) for more information.
- Council Tax exemption/discount for full-time students – forms are available at the Infozone after enrolment.
- Ipswich Housing Action Group (covers Suffolk only) – speak to IHAG if you have concerns about your housing, accommodation or personal finance.
Be money-ready for university – Blackbullion
- To find out about student loans and preparing for university, check out Blackbullion.
- If you are an applicant, or a parent of an applicant, please speak to our helpful Infozone Advisers to login into the platform.
- Turn2Us – benefit and grant search
- University of Suffolk Bursary
- Please contact the Infozone and Admissions for information on latest bursary offers.
- Access to Learning Fund: The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) is a limited fund provided by University of Suffolk to assist students in financial difficulty. Please find more about this fund and how it runs at one of our many Open Events.
Tax and students
Unsure if you should be paying tax as a student? Take a look at the government advice for concise and useful information and frequently asked questions.