2. Pregnancy and children
There is no provision for pregnant full-time students to claim universal credit (UC), income support or housing benefit.
If you are a part-time student, you can get UC and you will have no work-related requirements from 11 weeks before your expected week of childbirth.
If you have an employer, you may be able to get statutory maternity pay. If you are not working now but have worked recently, you may be able to get maternity allowance.
Once the baby is born, there are various benefits you can claim. You can also get a ‘baby box’ from the Scottish government, containing basic items for a newborn baby.1
Paramedic, nursing and midwifery students can continue to receive their bursary for a period of up to 45 weeks’ maternity leave.