Student Support and Benefits Handbook 2018/19

Thursday 10-01-2019 - 10:30

I am delighted to announce that unions will shortly be receiving their copy of the NUS/Child Poverty Action Group Student Support and Benefits Handbook for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2018/19. This is the fifteenth edition of the book, which is written by NUS and published by CPAG.



It's the only publication which explains in detail the system of student support and social security benefits, and how they interact. The welfare benefits system is undergoing enormous change, many benefits are being cut, and the rules can be extremely complex. For those groups of students who rely on benefits such as student parents and disabled students, accurate information is vital. This makes the handbook an essential resource for advisers assisting these students in getting all the support to which they are entitled.


NUS has updated the handbook to include full details of the new benefit rules as well as all the available information relating to support in 2019/20. Key updates are that we have expanded the book to include the details of Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans in England and Wales, Part-Time Undergraduate Maintenance Loans in England and the new student finance arrangements in Wales.


We send a copy to every member students' union in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as all higher education student associations in Scotland (note a separate handbook for Scottish students is published by CPAG with Scottish Government funding).


I hope that this resource can support your advice and advocacy work, ensuring your members are able to access their entitlements.


If anyone is interested in getting involved in campaigns against benefit and welfare cuts, please feel free to send me an email at


The package will be addressed to welfare officers, but please pass the book to any appropriate advisers in your students' union, and if you or they have any comments on the book please do email


Eva Crossan Jory

VP Welfare



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