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Full-time Disabled Students' Allowances

Eligibility

Who is eligible?

To get Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs), students must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 and:

  • be an undergraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
  • have a condition that affects their ability to study
  • qualify for student finance
  • be studying on a course that lasts at least a year

Who isn’t eligible?

Students can’t get DSAs if they’re:

  • an EU student
  • eligible for an NHS Disabled Students' Allowance (this is a separate scheme)
  • getting equivalent support from another funding source, such as their university or a social work bursary

Course

The course must be in the UK and a:

  • Degree, for example BA, BSc or BEd
  • Foundation Degree
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), or
  • Initial Teacher Training

They should check with their university or college that their course is recognised as one which attracts funding.

Previous study

Previous study won’t affect their eligibility for DSAs, even if they’ve already had financial support. But, if they’ve had DSAs for any specialist equipment for a previous course, this will be taken into account.

Studying abroad

If they’re studying abroad they may be eligible for DSAs whilst attending an overseas university or college as part of their UK course.

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