What support is available?: 1. Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
1. Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
If you are a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:
- long-term health condition
- mental health condition
- specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia
The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.
How do I qualify?
To qualify you will need to be able to prove that you are eligible. For specific learning difficulties this means that you will need to provide a ‘diagnostic assessment’ from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher - you’ll need to get reassessed if you had this done when you were under 16.
What can the Disabled Students’ Allowance pay for?
You can get help with the costs of:
- Specialist Equipment and Aids
- a computer, specialist software such as voice recognition, mind mapping and screen reading software
- Specialist Support (also known as a non-medical helper’s allowance)
- specialist tuition, study skills support, note-taker, etc.
How do I apply?
Depending on where you currently live, you should apply to one of the following agencies for Disabled Students’ Allowances:
- In England apply to Student Finance England. You can apply at the same time as making your online UCAS application. For NHS-funded courses, you need to apply to NHS Student Bursaries for your Disabled Students’ Allowances.
- In Wales apply to Student Finance Wales, or NHS Wales Student Awards Unit for NHS funded courses.
- In Scotland apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for any course.
- In Northern Ireland apply to Student Finance England or your local Education and Library Board (ELB). For NHS-funded courses contact the Bursary Administration Unit.
Did you know?
Assistive technologies help with everyday literacy and organisation tasks from reading or writing to planning or making calculations.