Access To HE and Universal Credit

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    I’ve just been to an open evening about doing an access course, my employer has already said I can’t go part time so would have to leave to complete it and look for part time work.
    Has anyone done this recently? It’s just me and my 13 year old son at home.
    All of the benefit calculators shut off when you enter “student”, and I need to know if I can take the hit financially for a few months while I find a new job around the course.

    (I’ve also explored evening courses but I don’t have any family to help watch my son on an evening, and the nearest evening course is a half hour drive each way)



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    I recommend you contact the Gingerbread helpline who would be able to do a benefit calculation for you to see how and if your access course will affect your benefits.

    I only have experience with University and Universal credit.

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