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Full-time Disabled Students' Allowances

General Allowance

What is it?

The General Allowance helps cover the day-to-day costs of studying that are related to the student’s disability. Full-time students can get a General Allowance of up to £1,847.

What the allowance is for

A General Allowance can be used to pay for things such as:

Photocopying or printing costs

This covers additional printing and photocopying costs directly-related to the student's disability. It does not cover the costs of printing larger documents such as dissertations or coursework for assessment.

How the allowance works

If the student is approved for a General Allowance we’ll write to them to confirm how much they’ll get. They’re advised of the next steps in this letter.

The student pays any costs upfront then completes and returns a Claim for Reimbursement form with receipts.


Download Claim for Reimbursement form for 2018 to 2019 academic year (PDF - 435KB)


The receipts must include the:

  • date of purchase
  • amounts paid
  • purchase description