Council Tax discount eligibility

Students, apprentices and trainees

In households where there are both students and non-students, only the non-students will be liable for Council Tax.

Students, apprentices or trainees must satisfy the following conditions to be disregarded from Council Tax.

Full time study

You are regarded as a full time student for Council Tax purposes if:

  • You are undertaking a university or college course which lasts for at least one academic year, takes at least 24 weeks a year, and involves at least 21 hours allocated study time per week during term time.
  • You are under the age of 20 years and studying for more than three months, for at least 12 hours per week for any qualification up to 'A' level, ONC or OND standard.
  • Student Nurses studying academic courses at universities or who are on Project 2000 courses are classed as students for Council Tax purposes.

The period of the student's course runs from the day the course begins until it is completed (the end of the exams) or the student leaves the course uncompleted.

Student nurses

Student nurses in full time education are disregarded for Council Tax. They are treated as full time students.

A student nurse not on a full-time course at college or university, but are following a course leading to an appropriate registration under the Nurses Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979, are disregarded for Council Tax.

Foreign Language Students

Registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges, as a foreign language assistant, and is appointed as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational institute in Great Britain.

Student undertaking Qualifying Course

A young person under 20 who leaves a qualifying course after 30 April in any year is disregarded from Council Tax up to 31 October in the same year.

The term 'student' also covers young people under the age of 20 who are not on a full-time course of education but are undertaking a qualifying course of education.

A 'qualifying course' must require at least 12 hours per week to be spent on the relevant activities of the course. It must last for at least 3 calendar months and is not a course of higher education.

The following do not qualify:

  • Evening classes
  • Correspondence courses
  • Job-related training


In order to qualify to be disregarded from Council Tax as an apprentice, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Vocational or job 'trade' experience
  • Leading to a qualification accredited by the national Council for Vocational Qualifications (NVQ)
  • Must not earn over £195 per week.

Youth trainee

In order to qualify to be disregarded from Council Tax as a Youth trainee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Under 25 years old
  • Undertaking training:
    • Made through arrangements made under section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973(a)
    • Funded by the Learning and Skills Council for England.

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