Disabled Students' Allowances

Students living in England can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) if they have a:

  • Disability
  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia - Should there be a need to undertake a Pre DSAs Assessment prior to applying for DSAs help may be available.  This will be administered through the Learning Support Department.

 What is it for?

  • DSAs help with the extra costs in relation to students courses as a direct result of their disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty

 How much can students receive?

  • The money available depends on the individual's needs and not on income
  • DSAs are paid on top of other student funding and don't have to be repaid

Specialist Equipment Allowance

Up to £5,212 for the whole course


Non-medical Helper Allowance

Full-time students: Up to £20,725 per year                                           

Part-time students: Up to £15,543 per year

General Allowance

Full-time students: Up to £1,741 per year                                            

Part-time students: Up to £1,305 per year

Travel Allowance

To help with any extra travel costs students may have to pay to attend College because of their disability (e.g. if they need to take a taxi because their disability prevents them from taking public transport).  Students are not eligible for help with everyday travel costs which any student would expect to pay and receipts may have to be provided

Postgraduate Students

Single allowance of up to £10,362

How are DSAs paid?

  • Payments paid direct to the supplier for the services provided e.g. College, equipment supplier

For help and advice:  https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas