Full-time Disabled Students' Allowances

Find out more about Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) for full-time undergraduate students including what's available, eligibility information and how to apply.

Overview

Disabled Students' Allowances or DSAs are additional funding to help students pay the extra essential costs they may have as a direct result of a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

The support available to an eligible student will depend on their individual needs and not on their income.

Disabled Students’ Allowances do not have to be repaid. However if a student leaves a course early they’ll have to repay any funding they receive after their withdrawal date.

The information on these pages relates specifically to undergraduate full-time Disabled Students' Allowances.

Information is also available for part-time undergraduate Disabled Students' Allowances and postgraduate Disabled Students' Allowances.

If a student’s application for Disabled Students’ Allowances is accepted, the allowances made available to them will be based on their individual requirements as determined during their Study Needs Assessment.

Eligible students may be able to get the following:

General Allowance - Used for everyday study costs that are related to a student’s disability, for example photocopying or printing materials.

Specialist Equipment Allowance - Used for costs associated with any equipment needed to undertake a course on an equal basis to other students.

Non-Medical Helpers Allowance - Used for costs for support workers such as British Sign Language interpreters or mobility trainers

Travel Allowance - Used for any additional study-related travel costs related to a student’s disability

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