You are considered to be a school leaver if you are under the age of 20 and have left school or college between 30 April and 01 November of the current year.
Note that you will be treated as a school leaver for Council Tax purposes even if you do not eventually enrol on a course.
If the hall of residence is mainly occupied by full time students and owned or run by a college, a university or a charitable institution, it is exempt. If you are a student living in a hall of residence you do not need to do anything yourself because the organisation running the residence will claim the exemption.
You must be registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and appointed as an assistant at a school or other educational institution in Great Britain.
You must be the spouse, civil partner or dependent of a student from another country.
The terms of the visa allowing you to live in this country must state that you are not entitled to work or have access to public funds (Only one of these conditions needs to apply). You will need to provide a copy of the relevant passport to verify that that this is the case.
You can be considered to be a student on a qualifying course if:
- you are under the age of 20
- the number of hours you are required to study exceeds 12
- your course lasts for at least 3 calendar months
- most of the tuition is undertaken between the hours of 8.00am and 5.30pm
- the course is not a correspondence course
- the course is not undertaken in relation to any job that you do
If you are a student nurse on a Project 2000 course or a nurse who is studying to become a midwife or health visitor you will be treated as a full time student.
You are not counted if you are a student nurse on any other type of course leading to an appropriate qualification under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979. This means that the person paying the Council Tax may only be entitled to a discount.
If you are a full time student who has left a property you own in order to study, the property may be exempt if:
- it was your main residence immediately before you became a full time student
- you vacated it less than 6 weeks before starting your course
- no one has occupied it as his or her main home since you vacated it
Your entitlement to exemption will stop when you complete your course even if you do not move back into your former home.
Your home or, a property that you own, is exempt if;
- you are a full time student, a foreign language assistant, or, a student on a qualifying course and
- the person who lives with you or, in your property, suffers from a severe mental impairment.