Disabled Students' Allowance

When do I apply?

New students: You don't have to wait until you've been offered a university place before you apply for the DSA, you can apply as soon as you've submitted your UCAS application.

Current students: You can apply for DSA at any time during your studies. Remember the sooner you apply for your DSA, the sooner you'll receive your support.

How do I apply?

Apply directly to your funding body (please refer to list above). You'll need to send a copy of your medical evidence and/or your specific learning difficulties assessment with your application form.

What does DSA pay for?

DSA helps to pay for extra costs that you may have to pay, when attending your course, as a direct result of your disability. The allowance can help with costs of a non-medical helper, major items of specialist equipment, travel and other costs.

For further information about the Disabled Student’s Allowance please refer to the 2015/16 guide.

How do I book a DSA needs assessment?

Once you've sent your application, your funding body will write back to you in approximately three to four weeks stating your eligibility.

If your application has been accepted, the letter will ask you to arrange a study needs assessment. You can find your nearest registered assessment centre and book an appointment at DSQ-QAG.

What is a needs assessment?

A one-to-one meeting between you and the assessor which can last up to two hours.

The DSA needs assessment is not a test but an opportunity to evaluate a range of technologies strategies to support your studies. These will be considered in relation to the impact of your disability and the demands of your chosen course of study.

What happens next?

The assessor will make recommendations by sending a report to your funding body who will then inform you about the next steps.

As a higher education student, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a:

  • disability
  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder.