Carer’s Allowance is a benefit provided by the Government to certain carers who provide at least 35 hours of care per week. For more information on how Carer's Allowance is paid, please go to http://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance
Students registered on Full Time courses are unfortunately not eligible for Carer's Allowance. However, the University of Wolverhampton Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund criteria will take this into consideration when you apply.
The Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (DTOF) was set up by the University of Wolverhampton to continue supporting students in hardship, following the withdrawal by the Government of the ring-fenced Access to Learning Fund.
Most DTOF awards made will be non-repayable, but is a means-tested application process, which will usually look at whether you have maximised your income (earning potential) before you applied. If you can provide appropriate evidence of your caring responsibilities (“appropriate evidence” being a letter from a doctor or consultant detailing the caring role, a local authority carer assessment, a letter from a Carers Centre, or DWP correspondence regarding withdrawal of Carers Allowance due to starting University), an assumed income for the purposes of any award calculation, will be disregarded.
You can apply through your e:Vision account, under the Finance and Bursaries tab.
For more information about bursaries, emergency funding and other forms of financial support available from the University please see www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/
Student Finance England Adult Dependants' Grant (ADG) is a means-tested grant for students who have an adult dependant.You can apply for this grant through Student Finance England, at the same time you apply for your student funding, or as soon as you think you might be eligible. You can find out more about the ADG at www.gov.uk/adult-dependants-grant
Family Action is an organisation which provides small Welfare grants and Educational Grants to people in need. All applications must be made, on-line, by a suitable referring agency (not by individuals). Suitable referring agencies include: statutory agencies or charities that provide health or social care; housing associations; probation services and GP’s. Eligibility for grants available nationally (including London) include;
- Older People: Support to promote independence; improve the quality of life and isolation for those aged 60 and over
- Disability/Sickness: Support to pay for disability aids that will benefit the applicant in their home
- Mental Health: Support for adults (over the age of 18) with a clinical diagnosis of a mental health problem
- Domestic Abuse: Support for families or individuals who have recently experienced domestic abuse
See www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/grants/welfare-grants/ for more information.