What Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) can pay for:
DSAs can help with the costs of:
specialist equipment, eg a computer if you need one because of your disability
extra travel because of your disability
other disability-related costs of studying
For further information go to the GOV.UK Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) page.
As of 2016/17 certain non-medical help (NMH) tasks are now the responsibility of University and are not funded by DSAs. The University and Colleges have established a Reasonable Adjustments Fund (RAF) which will help support the costs of the following NMH tasks:
- Study assistants
- Proof reading
- Specialist study skills
- Specialist mentoring
Your Disability Adviser will be able to advise on which funds may apply to you. Please contact the DRC to arrange an appointment
DSAs are grants to help meet the extra course costs incurred as a direct result of a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty. They are paid on top of anything you get through the standard student finance package, are not means-tested, and do not need to be repaid.
- If you are a home student and have an impairment, health condition (including a mental health condition), or Specific Learning Difficulty like dyslexia, you may be entitled to claim DSAs.
- If you are an Undergraduate student from the Republic of Ireland can apply for a Fund for Students with Disabilities. Check your eligibility on the Student Finance.ie website
- Postgraduate students from Ireland, Other EU and international students are not eligible for DSAs, but you can contact the DRC to enquire about alternative funding options.
- If you are a postgraduate student funded by a research council (such as the AHRC or EPSRC), please contact a DRC adviser to apply for DSA funding. You may also find the Research Councils UK website on Disabled Students' Allowances useful.
New students who wish to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs), in addition to their main loans and grants (referred to as core support), should indicate this on their online application. Student Finance England will then post you a DSA1 form to sign and return with evidence of your disability. If you have already applied for core support, but did not request a DSAs application and now wish to apply, you will need to complete the short version of the DSA1 form.
Returning DSAs customers should re-apply for their main loans and grants online and indicate that they wish their DSAs support to continue.
New and returning customers who are receiving DSAs support only, who are part-time or postgraduate customers, need to re-apply each year for DSAs and should complete the long version of the DSA1 form.
To apply, visit the GOV.UK Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) page and go to 'Part 4: 'How to apply.'
Watch this video for more information on 2016/17 DSAs youtube.com/DSAs2016/17
For information and to apply, visit Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) page.
For information and to apply, visit the Student Finance Wales Students Disabled Students’ Allowances page.
For information and to apply, visit the Student Finance NI Students with disabilities page.
Disabled Students' Allowances
- DSAs: Helping you study in higher education - National Association of Student Money Advisers' (NASMA) guide to the DSAs
- YourDSA.com - an informative website to help students better understand, apply for, and track their progress through the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) process. This website covers the full process, including DSA funding awareness, applying to the Funding Body, booking a Needs Assessment, through to ordering Assistive Equipment and support
- Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) DSA resources - general information on DSAs as well as a list of useful links
- Learn more about Disabled Students’ Allowances - links to videos and other information from Student Finance England to help students learn more about Disabled Students’ Allowances.