Turning 18 and paying contributions
When you turn 18, you need to pay Social Security contributions if you’re working.
These contributions are payments which go towards any benefits you may need in the future, such as:
- sickness pay
While you are in full-time education you can apply for student credits, which protect your contribution record. This means that you don’t have to pay contributions, but you’ll still be able to claim certain benefits when you need them.
Who can get student credits
You can get student credits if:
you’re 18 or over
you live in Jersey when you’re not at university / college
you’re in full-time education
How to apply
After you’ve had your place at university or college confirmed, you can apply for student credits using the form below.
If you’re not receiving a student grant from us, you’ll need to provide us with proof of studentship.
Examples of proof of studentship include:
- UCAS confirmation letter
- letter of acceptance for a course
- letter from college / university etc
- degree certificate (if we’re backdating your credits)
Apply for student credits
How long you can be covered by student credits
We can give you up to three years’ worth of credits throughout your working life.
Your studentship doesn’t have to be over one specific period. It can be spread out over a number of periods, over different years.
If you are in full-time education for over three years
Student credits stop at the end of three years. However, you are excused from paying contributions whilst you are in full-time education.
If your university or college course is longer than three years, let us know. You may need to complete an Low Income Contributions Relief form. This will make you exempt from paying for the rest of the time that you’re in full-time education. You can apply for this using the form below.
Low Income Contributions Relief
If you work while you’re a full-time student
If you work eight hours or more a week, you’ll still have to pay Social Security contributions on any paid work that you do.
You must show your registration card and photographic identification to your employer. This means that Class 1 contributions will be deducted from your wages.
Student credits covering you for benefits
Your student credits cover you for all contributory benefits, such as:
In order to receive a benefit, you must have contributed into the system through paid work for at least three months (six months for pension), at some point before your claim.
Changes in circumstances
You must tell us immediately if you:
leave full-time education
are no longer a Jersey resident