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Exemption/discount/disregard criteria for full-time students and apprentices

Discounts/exemptions for full-time students

Households where everyone’s a full-time student don’t have to pay Council Tax.

To count as a full-time student, your course must:

  • last at least 1 year
  • involve at least 21 hours study per week

If you study for a qualification up to A level and you’re under 20, your course must:

  • last at least 3 months
  • involve at least 12 hours study per week

You’ll get a Council Tax bill if there’s someone in your household who’s not a full-time student; these people are not counted as adults for Council Tax:

  • children under 18
  • people on some apprentice schemes
  • 18 and 19-year-olds in full-time education
  • young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
  • student nurses
  • foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • people with a severe mental impairment
  • live-in carers who look after someone who isn’t their partner, spouse, or child under 18
  • diplomats

To complete your application you must download a copy of the application form and sign and return the completed application along with your supporting evidence to the address on the form.

People on apprentice schemes

To show that you don’t qualify as an adult for Council Tax, you’ll need a declaration from your employer stating that:

If you are on a qualifying apprenticeship scheme you may qualify for a 50% reduction in your Council Tax. Please note that qualifying apprentices do not qualify for a full exemption.

To complete your application you must provide the declaration from your employer and send it to us via email or post to the address below.


Postal Address

London Borough of Barnet

Revenue Services
PO Box 2016
WR10 9BH



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