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Document What is Dependants Allowance and who can I claim it for?

Dependants Allowance is a means tested allowance payable to students who are responsible for people who are wholly or mainly financially dependent on them during their time in training.

You can apply for the following dependants:

Spouse, civil Partner or partner

Dependants Allowance cannot be awarded for your spouse, civil partner or partner if they are a student in receipt of publicly-funded student support (such as a student loan and / or tuition fees), or if they are wholly or mainly supported by state benefits of any kind.

If you wish to claim for any dependent children, you must declare your spouse, civil partner or partner, if you have one, on your Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) regardless of their circumstances. To do this during your BOSS application, you should answer ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you have a spouse/civil partner/partner who will be wholly or mainly financially dependent on you during your training?’ on the ‘Dependants Allowance’ page.

If you are a lone parent, you should answer no to this question and ‘yes to the following question asking if you are a lone parent.

Children

Children that are dependent on you and are under the age of 19 on the first day of your academic year may be classed as a dependant. This can include your step child(ren), relatives or any other child if they live with you and you are responsible for their day to day needs.

Children who are over normal school age that are employed, receiving benefits or have entered into higher education (university) or a paid apprenticeship cannot be classed as a dependant.

Other dependant adults

You may be able to claim Dependants Allowance for an adult, other than a partner or spouse, if you can satisfactorily demonstrate that they are wholly or mainly financially dependent on you for their day to day needs.

When completing your BOSS application, you should add their details in the ‘Dependants Allowance: details of dependent children’ section of the application.

You will need to provide supporting evidence to show that:
  • the adult dependent has no income of their own,
  • the reason for this, and;
  • no entitlement to claim any form of benefits in their name.
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