Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) helps 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. They must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
DSA does not 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 help to:
- pay for course-related costs they may have as a direct result of their disability
- buy specialist equipment they need because of their disability
- pay for non-medical helpers for example; British Sign Language interpreters or mobility trainers
- pay for any additional study-related travel costs they may have as a result of their disability