Yahya Rashid, 19, managed to forge a Btec certificate and get onto a course at Middlesex University, despite having an IQ of between 65 and 70.
He then used government cash to pay for himself and four pals from his local mosque in Wembley, North West London, to travel to the border with Syria in Turkey via Morocco.
But a court heard how Rashid got cold feet and decided to come back home.
He was arrested on his return to the UK and found guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation for committing an act of terrorism, and engaging in conduct with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism between November 2014 and March this year.
He was sentenced to five years in a young offenders' institution.
Woolwich Crown court heard how Rashid and his group were stopped and questioned by police at Gatwick Airport but subsequently allowed to board a flight to Casablanca, from where they made their way to the Turkish border town of Gaziantep.
Read more at the Mirror.