Disabled Students' Allowances
Students living in England can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) if they have a:
- 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
Full-time students: Up to £1,741 per year
Part-time students: Up to £1,305 per year
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
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