Full-time Disabled Student Allowances

What is it

Disabled Students allowance is support to help students through their studies when they have a learning difficulty, health problem or disability.

If you are studying in academic year 2021 to 2022 you could get

Students can get up to £25,000 of support for 2021 to 2022. There are exceptions for students who need more money for travel costs. This will apply for both new and continuing students.

DSA can cover:

  • day-to-day costs of studying that are related to the student’s disability. For example, photocopying costs.
  • specialist equipment. For example, a computer or disability-related software. Any equipment bought must have been included in the report from their Study Needs Assessment. If their Study Needs Assessment recommends that they need a computer or laptop, the student will have to pay £200 towards it.
  • a non-medical helper. For example, a British Sign Language interpreter. This person cannot be a friend or family member of the student.

If you are studying in academic year 2020 to 2021 you could get

Support available How much can you get What it can pay for
General allowance Up to £1,954 Day-to-day costs of studying that are related to the student’s disability
Specialist equipment allowance Up to £5,849 Helps students to get equipment they might need such as a computer or a disability-related software
Non-medical helper allowance Up to £23,258 Helps to pay for the additional costs of a non-medical helper
Travel allowance Unspecified Helps to cover travel costs relating to study that are needed because of a disability