Student Prescription glasses savings

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Student Money Saving
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clairebrown7clairebrown7 Forumite
115 Posts
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Student Money Saving
Hi guys!

Just thought I'd share this with you.

I get a newsletter from ISIC (International Student Identity Card) and with all the buzz on these forums about glasses and high street opticians ripping us off I noticed that you can get another 10% off glasses from www.SpeckyFourEyes.com - I already use them and can't fault them at all.

(more details here: http://www.isiccard.com/DiscountPartner.asp?Name=SpeckyFourEyes)

They are quite cheap already but adding another 10% just by using your student card is quality!

C:hello:
Claire :j

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  • StubertStubert Forumite
    733 Posts
    If you filled out the HC1 form (if you're a student living away from home), you could really heavily discounted glasses/contact lenses with a prescription (or free depending on your eyesight). But as many people here say its quite a long form to fill out but if you sit down and do it, its definitely worth it if you do have to pay for them.
  • lee12_2lee12_2 Forumite
    108 Posts
    Its really worth filling in a HC1 form you don't just get free/ reduced glasses but you could get free prescription and dental
  • KK22_2KK22_2 Forumite
    307 Posts
    Where can you get the HC1 form? Is this an England and Wales only thing or does it include Scotland. Also, does it include students living AT home? Sorry for all the questions!
  • StubertStubert Forumite
    733 Posts
    KK22 all the info is here:

    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Medicinespharmacyandindustry/Prescriptions/NHScosts/DH_4049391

    I'm pretty sure it includes Scotland as well, as its run by the NHS.

    It could include you if you are living at home, but it would depend on your household income. I think the household income has to be under £15k so you are unlikely to qualify if both your parents are working full time.

    I applied last summer before I left for uni, as it was easier but they turned me down and told me to reapply when I wasn't living with my parents. Bit annoying had I done it 3 weeks later it probably would have been fine.
  • edited 28 May 2009 at 7:26PM
    atypicalatypical Forumite
    1.3K Posts
    edited 28 May 2009 at 7:26PM
    Stubert wrote: »
    It could include you if you are living at home, but it would depend on your household income. I think the household income has to be under £15k so you are unlikely to qualify if both your parents are working full time.

    Are you sure it is based on household income? I thought it was based on personal income, as it states in the link you provided:
    "The amount of help is based on a comparison between a person's income and requirements at the time that a claim is made or a charge was paid."

    It doesn't actually state what your income has to be below, only that you can't have more than £16,000 in savings.

    edit: according to this post the form does not ask for your parents income.
  • StubertStubert Forumite
    733 Posts
    Like I said, when I put my home address they turned me down but everytime I did away from home at my university address it was fine.

    That post also states about living in halls not at a home address.

    Go figure...
  • KK22_2KK22_2 Forumite
    307 Posts
    Thanks for your help, will have a look and give it a go!
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