Do university students pay for prescriptions?

If you’re about to become a uni student, you might have heard that you’re eligible for free prescriptions. Well, good news - the rumours are true! If you qualify for the NHS Low Income Scheme, you could be claiming free medicines. 


Why do students get their prescriptions for free? 

The government recognises that for some ages and circumstances, it’s difficult to be able to afford repeat prescriptions. With an increasing number of UK teens being prescribed monthly meds, it’s important that non-compliance is never down to financial restraints. The Low Income Scheme was introduced to avoid this. 


How do I get my prescription for free as a student? 

To get your repeat prescriptions for free as a student, you need a HC2 Certificate. HC2 certificates are issued to those who qualify for the NHS Low Income Scheme; to find out whether you qualify, you’ll need to apply online and supply evidence of any grants, bursaries, and any awards you get. You can apply for the scheme as long as your savings, investments or property do not exceed £16,000, which, for most students, is the case!


If you applied for a student loan, you’ll have to supply a copy of the financial assessment that was carried out. If you fit the right criteria, you’ll receive a HC2 certificate - it might seem like a long-winded process, but just think of that £9.35 you’ll be saving on a monthly basis! 


Once you’ve been granted a certificate, be sure to keep an eye out for the expiry date, as fees will apply if you claim free prescriptions after that date.

You can get your free NHS prescription via the Healthera app if you've logged on using your NHS details. Just place an order with a local pharmacy, and choose from collection or delivery, depending on what the pharmacy offers - if you select delivery, a delivery fee will apply! You can also add over the counter medicines to your order to collect/have delivered at the same time, for those mornings when you’re feeling a little worse for wear…

Manage your prescriptions using Healthera.