Sam Monie from the Student Engagement Team

Are you a Carer?

Carers Trust Scotland define a carer as: ‘anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.’

The College has adopted the Carers Trust Scotland definition.

supporting student carers in higher education

Why Carers may need more support at College?

College can be a tough time for students who also have caring responsibilities at home. Juggling the commitments of study with those responsibilities can often make student carers feel like they are being pulled in two ways. If you let us know you are a carer, we can offer assistance to support you, including guidance and emotional support.

You may find that you don’t think you need any support at first but, if things change and you find you are struggling with your studies, then please let us know. Where needed, the Funding Team can make adjustments to the Bursary/EMA attendance criteria to take into consideration caring responsibilities, for example allowing additional absences.

If you receive your funding from SAAS, you may also be eligible for the Dependant's Grant - which is an income assessed bursary awarded to those with a husband, wife, partner, civil partner, or another adult who you act as a carer for. Full details, including eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the carers trust website.

There is a Young Carers Grant, a yearly cash payment of £305.10 per year (2020/21) for 16-18 year olds. You can claim if you are in further education and may be eligible if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • you live in Scotland
  • you are 16, 17 or 18 years of age when applying
  • caring for an average of 16 hours per week, over a 13-week period
  • care for someone normally paid a qualifying disability benefit
  • you have not applied for or receive Carer’s Allowance
  • you are not paid or volunteer to care
  • find out more on the Government website


Sam Monie
Student Engagement Team
Room 035 Brahan Building
Perth College UHI
Crieff Road
01738 877 380

Useful local organisations

Perth College UHI is proud to be working with Carers Trust Scotland towards their 'Going Further for Student Carers' recognition award, a scheme that aims to make it easier for higher education institutions to support student carers.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has been recognised for its work to support student carers, and has achieved the Going Higher Award.