Guidance for Assessment Centres

Student Finance England

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This post first published: 05 April 2024

Non Medical Helper (NMH) supplier list

Needs Assessors can use this list to view and obtain supplier contact details in order to provide NMH quotations.


Download the list of NMH Suppliers (Microsoft Excel Worksheet)


NMH Suppliers can find more information about updating contact details or to register as a new provider. 


To update contact details or request information about availability, email


The list is managed and owned by the Department of Education (DfE). Providers wishing to register to deliver DSA-funded NMH support or any requests for additional roles to be agreed should be directed to

Guidance on NMH supplier selection

DfE and the Welsh Government have helped to produce guidance for the process of selecting Non-Medical Help suppliers as of 26 February 2024:

Download the guidance on NMH supplier selection for framework suppliers

Assistive Technology Service Provider (ATSP) List

Download the list of ATSPs (Microsoft Excel Worksheet)


Assessment Centre Guidance

Guidance for Assessment Centres has been created and can be downloaded.

Download the Guidance for Assessment Centres (PDF)


Needs Assessment Report (NAR) Templates

You can now download the standard NAR template and guidance document. These templates must be used for all reports submitted to Student Finance England.

For DSA Reforms Contracts

You should use the following NAR template and guidance documents

Download the NAR Template February 2024 (Microsoft Word Document)

Download the NAR Template Guidance Document (Microsoft Word Document)


For existing assessment centres
You should use the following NAR template and guidance documents

Download the NAR Template June 2023 (Microsoft Word Document)

Download the NAR Template Guidance Document (Microsoft Word Document)


Computer Specification Matrix

You can also download the Computer Specification Matrix document and Guidance for Assessors to determine the specification on a student’s existing computer.


Download the SLC DSA Computer Specification Matrix (PDF)

Download the SLC Guidance for Assessment Centres (PDF)


New Assessment or Outreach Centres

For information relating to opening up a new centre please refer to SSIN 03/23 – Assessment and Outreach Centre Applications



Relocating Centre Locations

Existing Needs Assessment providers who wish to relocate one of their current centres should contact DfE at


DSA EQuote Service

For information relating to the DSA EQuote service and FAQ please refer to

Communication regarding DSA EQuote - 6th May 2021

Conflicts of Interest

 Download guidance on managing conflicts of interest in Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).