National Insurance Contributions as a Student

Posted 19th Nov 2009
Hi, I'm trying to find info on paying National Insurance contributions as a student.

I was a full time Uni student for 3 years from 2005-2008 and have been asked to pay NIC by HRM&C during my time studying. I didn't realize I needed to pay NIC during this time to count towards my basic state pension.

I'm confused. Was I supposed to use my Student Loan payments to pay NIC?
I'm aware benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance and Income support can award National Insurance credits and would have thought being a student would award similar assistance?

Is there any help students can get for paying their NIC?
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