Students who are also carers
You may have caring responsibilities to manage on top of your studying. This can be caring for a child, a parent, a partner, a sibling or another friend and/or relative. If you are in this position, you are not alone.
The extent of the caring required will vary, but for some students this will take up a large amount of time. In order to ensure you and the person you are caring for obtain all the benefits you are entitled to, we recommend you speak to a local advice agency.
The Government’s GOV.UK website has a lot of information about benefits. It also links to online benefits calculators, and while these calculators may not be useful for you as a student they may be helpful for the person you are caring for.
If you would prefer to speak to an independent adviser about your circumstances (and those of the person you are looking after), you can obtain advice through the Citizens Advice Bureau network. This service offers free, confidential advice – you should not have to pay.
Alternatively, if you need legal advice, you can use the Legal Services Commission’s Legal Adviser Finder to find welfare benefits lawyers in your area in England and Wales, the Scottish Legal Aid Board website to find such a lawyer in Scotland or the Northern Ireland Legal Services Agency website to find a lawyer in Northern Ireland working in this area.
More information on carer’s allowance is on the following page, while you will find information on other benefits, tax credits and universal credit you may be able to claim in that section of this website.