Students in full-time education who are under the age of 19 are automatically entitled to full help with health costs. Students aged 19 or over may also be eligible for help with Health Costs depending on how much they earn/what savings they have.
In order to see if you qualify for the NHS Low Income Scheme to receive help with Health Costs you should fill in an HC1 form. If you are eligible you will receive an HC2 Certificate which will detail the help you can receive.
Claiming a refund:
If you have paid an NHS prescription charge you must use the prescription recipt form FP57 to claim a refund. You should ask for this form at the time you pay as you cannot get one later. The form will explain the procedure to follow.
If you have paid for other NHS charges you must use the claim form for the charge you have paid. There is a separate form for each type of charge (HC5(O) for optical costs, HC5(D) for Dental costs, HC5(T) for NHS travel costs and HC5(W) for wigs and fabric support charges.