Many students also care for someone and this can be hard. The time and energy that caring takes can interfere with your study. This is true for all students, whether you are a young high school student, an older university student or a returning continuing education student.
It’s worth talking with your school, university or training centre about your situation, because they might be able to help.
You can also talk with other carers in our online carer forum, to get tips about how others have handled studying and caring.
If you are a student at school, university or other training centre, you may be able to get support to help you to combine studying and caring.
You can talk with your school, university or centre to see what help they can offer. For example, you can ask for:
Young carers (under 25) can get financial help and many other services to support you.
The Young Carers Network(link is external) website has information on studying while you are caring.
Your school and teachers or university and tutors probably don’t know you are caring for someone. If you tell them, they might be able to help you.
If you are at school, you can talk with your teacher, principal or school counsellor. If you are at university or a training centre, you can talk with your lecturer, course advisor or student counsellor.
If it helps, take someone along to support you. You could also ask a parent or friend to speak to them for you.
You can tell them as much or as little as you want. You don’t have to go into detail about the person you care for, or their medical condition. You could talk with them about:
You can also talk with them about special arrangements that might help you. For example, you can ask for:
Even if you don’t want special arrangements, it’s a good idea to tell them about your situation so that they understand if there is an emergency or if your caring affects your study.
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