People aged 18 or under and in full-time education

If you're 18 or under and in full-time education at a school, college, university or 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 as full-time education.

NHS dental treatment

If you’re under 18 you are entitled to free NHS dental treatment regardless of your education status.

In-between two education courses

If you're in-between two full-time education courses you're entitled to help with health costs until you turn 19.

The offer can be conditional or unconditional, it does not affect your entitlement.

Travel costs

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 has 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.