If you're in full-time education at a school, college, university or similar (for example, home schooling), you're automatically entitled to:

  • free NHS Prescriptions
  • free NHS Dental treatment
  • free NHS sight test
  • a voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports.

This applies until you turn 19 or leave education, whichever comes first. Workplace learning, such as an apprenticeship, is not considered full time education.

You’re not automatically entitled to help with travel costs to receive NHS care unless your parent or guardian gets a qualifying benefit or exemption or an NHS Tax Credit Exemption certificate.

If you’re not entitled, you can apply for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme by completing a HC1 application.

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.