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Do university students pay for prescriptions?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

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 (very likely) true!

Read below to find out if you qualify for free prescriptions under the NHS Low Income Scheme!

Why do students get their prescriptions for free?

The government recognises that for some ages and circumstances, it can be difficult 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 (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!

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.

Want your prescription sent to you?

It’s easy!

Simply open your Healthera app and set up your prescription for collection or home delivery – it takes less than two minutes!

(don’t forget to add your exemption under the “profile” tab!)

To get started, simply click the button below:

Order your prescription online 💊

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