Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) help pay for extra costs a student might have as a direct result of their disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. They must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010
DSAs don’t usually have to be paid back, unless the student leaves their course early.
The student may have to attend an appointment at a study needs assessment centre to talk to a specialist about what type of support would help them.
They may be able to get:
General Allowance - used to help pay course-related costs they may have as a direct result of their disability.
Specialist Equipment Allowance - used to help buy equipment needed because of their disability.
Non-Medical Helper Allowance - used to help pay for support workers such as British Sign Language interpreters or mobility trainers.
Travel Allowance - used for any additional study-related travel costs they may have as a result of their disability.