Student Carers

For students looking after others with substantial caring needs

There may be particular challenges which students with substantial caring responsibilities can face. They include financial worries, difficulty socialising, travelling or commuting time & cost, self-care in terms of their own physical and mental health and meeting academic deadlines.

Government Financial Support
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit paid to people who spend at least 35 hours a week looking after a disabled person, defined as a person claiming certain elements of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or the Personal Independence Payment. The person claiming Carer’s Allowance cannot earn more than £100 per week from other paid work. They also cannot be in full-time education. Part-time students who can show they are not expected to study 21 hours a week or more should still be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. For full details see www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/overview

University Discretionary Support
Most UK students can make an application for University discretionary (hardship) financial support if they experience financial difficulty due to a shortfall between income and reasonable expenditure or a sudden / unexpected outgoing that could not reasonably have been foreseen. Please see the following page for more information and the link to the hardship fund application process financial difficulties and hardship fund information

Time Out from Studies
If you are a full-time student who has suspended your studies because you had caring responsibilities, your access to benefits may be restricted whilst you undertake those responsibilities
If your caring responsibilities have ceased and you are waiting to return to study you may be able to universal credit for up to a year until you can recommence study. Come and speak to a student money advisor in the Student Services Centre to find out more: www.surrey.ac.uk/ask

Additional Information


Learning to Work Institute Information on Young Carers

Carers UK
The Guardian
Age UK
Which? Elderly Care