Can I Claim the Carer's Allowance if I am in Full-Time Education?

You cannot receive Carer's Allowance if you are on a course of full-time education, or you are on holiday from full-time education.

Full-time education means a course which is described as full-time by the educational establishment providing it.

If the educational establishment describes the course as part-time, but attendance is required for 21 hours or more each week, it will be treated as full-time.

Included in the 21 hours, according to the offical definition is: "time spent receiving instruction, undertaking supervised study, examination or practical work or taking part in any exercise, experiment or project, for which provision is made in the curriculum of the course and there shall be excluded any time occupied by meal breaks or spent on unsupervised study, whether undertaken on or off the premises of the educational establishment."

If you are in part-time education but still want to claim the Carer's Allowance, you must request that your school or college provide a written statement confirming the course requires under 21 hours participation per week.

Furthermore, individuals are considered as attending the usual hours each week during any vacation or temporary interruption.

Click here to reach the main Carer's Allowance information page.