Film description: If a student has a disability they might be able to get extra financial help while at uni or college. Find out more about Disabled Student Allowances (DSA) and how they can help.
Disabled Students’ Allowances, also known as DSAs, are grants to help students pay for any extra essential costs they may have as a direct result of a disability.
This includes long-term health conditions, mental-health conditions, or specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.
DSAs are available to help pay for various types of extra support such as specialist equipment, note takers, or other disability-related costs a student might have during their studies.
DSAs can also help pay for a student’s travel to and from their uni, college or placements. What a student will get depends on their individual needs and the type of help they qualify for.
DSAs don’t depend on a student’s household income and they don’t need to be paid back.
The application process can take up to 14 weeks so it’s important that students apply early to make sure their DSAs are ready in time for starting their course.