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Definition of low income

Low income relates to students who are on free school meals or where a family is in receipt of the qualifying benefits for free school meals or who received the maximum level of working tax credits.

You will need to provide your direct debit details when applying online. Once we have determined that you meet the low income criteria we will reduce the fee and direct debits accordingly.

The qualifying benefits for free school meals are: 

  • Universal credit - provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods;
  • Income-based Jobseekers' allowance;
  • Income-related employment and support allowance;
  • Child tax credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit, and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190;
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999; or
  • Guarantee element of state pension credit.

It also applies to those students who are young parents on low income, who are on a means-tested benefit from the list above.

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