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Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

Disability Advisers at the DRC can answer your questions and assist you with your application. Please contact the DRC to arrange an appointment.

Eligibility

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.
  • 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.

Students living in England

Applications for 2014/15

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.' Copies of DSAs application forms are also available below.

Students living in Scotland

For information and to apply, visit Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) page. Copies of DSAs application forms are available below. Please note these forms are for 2014/15.

  • DSA FT: for all full-time students who have applied for tuition fees and/or living costs support
  • DSA DO: for full-time students not applying for tuition fees and/or living-costs, and for part-time and distance learning students
  • Guidance notes: to help you apply for your DSA

Students living in Wales

For information and to apply, visit the Student Finance Wales Students Disabled Students’ Allowances page. Copies of DSAs application forms are available below.

  • Slimform DSA1 Form 2014/15: for students who have completed, or who are in the middle of completing, an application for Student Finance and also wish to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances
  • Full DSA1 Form 2014/15: for students wishing to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance only. This form should also be completed if students are applying for the first time and have not already applied for financial support.
  • Guidance notes: extra information to help you complete the DSA1 application form
  • Extra Help - DSA 2014/15

Students living in Northern Ireland

For information and to apply, visit the Student Finance NI Students with disabilities page. Copies of DSAs application forms are available below.

Further Information

Disabled Students' Allowances

Student Finance