Part-time Disabled Students' Allowance

What's available

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is support to help students through their studies when they have a disability, a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.


Students can get:

  • up to £26,291 of support for 2023 to 2024
  • up to £25,575 of support for 2022 to 2023

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.