Support for Young and Student Carers Considering HE

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Support for Young and Student Carers Considering HE

What financial support is available for Young and Student Carers?

We understand that managing finance as Young Carers and Student Carers can be complicated. Remember, LEAPS are here to help. You can call or email our named contact for Young Carers, Sarah Austen, if you have any questions or concerns sarah.austen@ed.ac.uk – she’d be happy to support you!

SAAS

All Scottish or eligible students should apply to SAAS to cover your tuition fees and for the relevant Student Bursary and Loans. See our student finance S6 blog for more detail.

You do not need to receive Carer’s Allowance for SAAS to recognise you as a carer.

If the person you care for is an adult and financially dependent on you, you may be eligible for a Dependants Grant.

The Dependants Grant is based on the income of the adult person you care for. It does not need to be paid back. The maximum grant is £2640/year. This is in addition to the normal support of fees, loan and bursary.

If you are bringing up a child on your own, or caring for a sibling, you may be entitled to the Lone Parents Grant. This grant does not need to be paid back, and is a maximum of £1305/year. The grant is income assessed.

If you are eligible for the Lone Parents Grant you may also be eligible for the Lone Parents Childcare Grant toward the cost of registered or formal childcare costs.

Carer’s Allowance and Carers Allowance Supplement

Unfortunately, you cannot receive the Carer’s Allowance if you are in full-time education (more than 21 hours/week), even during the holidays.

You can find additional information about the Carer’s Allowance on the Gov.uk website and from Carers UK.

Other financial support:

If you are a member of a local Young Carers Group (such as Care 4 Carers Edinburgh, Borders Carers Centre or Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre) they may be able to help you access funding toward your course. For example, the Quilter Carers Fund  accepts applications from Young Carers Groups on behalf of their members until July 2019. If you're not already a member of your local Young Carers Group, we suggest getting in touch with them now to see what support is available.

Citizens Advice have advice and financial information for carers, including help with living costs. For example, full-time students are exempt from paying council tax.

Your College or University may be able to provide bursary support or discretionary funds for students facing difficult circumstances or from low income families. You should contact the College or University directly through their named contact for Carers or Student Support Services, for more detail.