Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant to help students living with a disability, mental health problem or long-term illness pay for study related costs.

Specifically, DSA can help with the cost of:

  • Specialist equipment, e.g. a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • Non-medical helpers
  • Extra travel because of your disability
  • Other disability-related costs of studying.

Students can get these allowances on top of their student finance and they do not need to be repaid.

Am I eligible?

Many students are eligible for DSA. If you have any of the below you are eligible to apply:

  • Long-term medical condition
  • Sensory impairment
  • Specific learning difference
  • Mental health issue
  • Autistic spectrum condition
  • Physical disability.

To see the full list, you can visit the gov.uk website.

How do I apply?

Although there isn’t a fixed deadline to apply for DSA, once the academic year starts you have 9 months to apply for that current year.

How you apply depends on where you live. Student Finance England , Student Finance Scotland , Student Finance Northern Ireland  and Student Finance Wales each have their own form – which one you fill out will depend on your home address.

Once your application has been sent and approved, you’ll be asked to book a Needs Assessment. To do this, find your nearest centre here.

After your Needs Assessment you’ll be sent a report which will also go to your Funding Body. They’ll then write to you confirming what support and equipment you can get and how you can get this.

You can view our full Disability Policy here.