Yes, you can claim a bursary which will probably be a similar amount to JSA if you go to the college student support services they will tell you the best way to go about claiming, other than that you can claim income support which again will be a similar amount. You should be entitled to other benefits too, you should contact your local Welfare Rights Officer, they will tell you ALL benefits you are entitled to and will even help fill in the forms, there are so many unclaimed benefits because people just don't know about them. You can find your Welfare Rights Officer through your local council - these people know everything about benefits and will ensure you get what you are entitled to.
Good Luck with your course and well done for making the move into education as a mature student.
Yeah, take any job, study in the evening and do it for yourself instead of expecting the Job Centre to donate you charities the state cannot afford. You'll even get working tax credits - everyones a winner.
If you take on a full time course (more than 16hrs) you will probably be entitled to a student loan which will help.
Other than that there isn't really any way round it. Its like expecting university students to received JSA, I know its unfair, but the best thing to do is take on a part time job somewhere, ie local super market and do this whilst studying.
It will be really hard, but worth it in the end!
When I was in college as a mature student I couldn't get any help with bills or house or anything..
The first things they asked me, were, was I on drugs or was I a single mum ? Apparently they would help me if I was either of these!
Its really unfair that they will help the "down and outs" but not the people who are trying to help them selves by studying!!
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