If you’re a disabled student studying on a Higher Education course, such as a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate qualification, you may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).

DSA is a grant to help meet the extra costs of studying that you may face as a direct result of a disability or a specific learning difficulty.

You are eligible to apply if you are studying full-time, part-time or at postgraduate level, and the amount you receive does not depend on your household income. You will have to provide evidence of your disability when you apply, such as a recent Diagnostic Assessment Report or a GP or hospital letter.

DSA is paid on top of the standard student finance package and does not have to be repaid.

Who can apply?

You may be eligible to apply for DSA if you can provide evidence of:

  • Physical Difficulty
  • Medical Condition
  • Dyslexia (with a diagnosis)
  • Dyspraxia (with a diagnosis)
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Visual Impairment
  • Deaf or Hard Of Hearing

Disabled Students' Allowances may include:

  • Specialist equipment you need for studying - for example, a magnifier or assistive  software
  • Non-medical helper support, such as a BSL interpreter and additional study skills tutorials
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of disability related reasons
  • Assistance towards the cost of consumables, such as printing or photocopying costs

More information

You can get more information about Disabled Students' Allowances from the direct.gov.uk website. You can also download this useful quick guide to the DSA process.

If you would like an informal chat about the DSA process please contact the Disability Services and Learning Support Team on the third floor of the David Hockney Building.

Contact us: Call 01274 088344 or email [email protected]