Postgraduate Disabled Students' Allowances


Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA's), students must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 and:

  • be a postgraduate 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 

Part-time students must be studying at an intensity of at least 25% to be get DSA's.


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



The student must be studying a postgraduate Master's or postgraduate Doctoral course in the UK.

Students should check with their university or college that their course is recognised.


Part-time postgraduate Master’s courses

 The course must not last more than twice as long as the full-time equivalent.


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.