Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) is an additional allowance that does not affect other student finance that you may have been awarded. It is not based on your household income and does not have to be repaid.
The purpose of DSA is to consider individual study needs that you may have because of your disability and assist with payment of extra costs.
Step 1 – Apply for DSA
Click on the appropriate link below and follow the on screen instructions to apply for DSA:
Claiming Disabled Students Allowance – England
Direct Response Line for queries: 0300 1000607
Claiming Disabled Students Allowance – Northern Ireland
Step 2 – Study Needs Assessment
You will receive an Eligibility Notification letter from your funding body; this may ask you to arrange a study needs assessment.
This is where you meet with a study needs assessor to consider your individual learning requirements.
Step 3 – After the Study Needs Assessment
The study needs assessor will write a report making recommendations for your support. A copy of the report will be forwarded to you, your university and the appropriate funding body.
Step 4 – Entitlement Agreement
Your funding body will send you a final Entitlement Notification letter; this will confirm your study support and provide guidance about how you can access the support.
Step 5 – Arranging Study Support
Contact the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Support Team at the university to arrange your study support.
More information about DSA can be found at:
Disabled Students Allowance – What you’ll get