Benefits and tax credits: helpful organisations

Benefits and tax credits can be complicated so it is always worth getting advice on what you might be entitled to and how to apply. The following organisations can offer guidance and information, depending on your situation.

Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG publishes two books, updated every year, which contain detailed explanations about how your student income is calculated for means-tested benefits:

  • Student Support and Benefits Handbook: England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook

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Citizens Advice

Online portal with information on benefits for the whole UK. Citizens Advice also has nationwide support offices.

Visit website (make sure you select the correct country of the UK at the top of the page, as advice can vary by country)

Government website with lots of information on what benefits are available and how to claim them. The site also features a dedicated student finance section.

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Student finance section


Website offering online services including personal taxes and Self Assessment.

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Department for Communities

Information on benefits in Northern Ireland.

Visit website


Information on benefits available, how to claim them and updates on changes to the benefits system. Their website also has a benefits calculator.

Visit website or call 0808 802 2000


Advice for EU and EEA students or international students.

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If you know of another organisation that you think we should list here, please do get in touch to let us know.

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