Disabled Students' Allowance

What is Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)?

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) can provide an individual package of support which could include, equipment, specialist study skills, mentoring support and library support. It aims to help disabled people to study on an equal basis with other students.

The allowance is not means tested, is available on top of the standard student finance package and doesn’t have to be paid back. You can down load the booklet ‘Bridging the Gap’ from the following website: Link to http://www.direct.gov.uk

Who do I apply to for DSA?

You will need to apply to your funding body e.g. Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency Scotland(SASS) or NHS Business Services Authority. (Please see the Contacts page for further details)

You can download the booklet ‘Bridging the Gap’ from the following website:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/EducationAndTraining/HigherEducation/DG_10034898 this will give you further information about applying and the eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for DSA?

You will need to complete a DSA form to send to your funding body. If you have a specific learning difficulty then you will also need to provide a full diagnostic Educational Psychologist Assessment Report which was completed when you were 16 or over.  If you have a health condition or experience mental health issues then you will need to provide a letter from your doctor or health care provider. The letter should state your condition, that is ongoing and that it affects you on a daily basis. Any specific information relating to how it affects your academic progress would also be helpful in order to provide possible interim support. Ideally, this letter needs to be written within the last six months.

The Disability Advice Team can provide you with a letter for you to give to your GP, Consultant or Medical Practitioner, detailing what information is required. Full medical reports are not necessary.

Page last modified 31 July 2013.

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