DSAs pay for support and equipment to assist those (home) students who have a disability, specific learning difficulty (SpLD) or a long term medical condition.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) pay for support and equipment to assist those (home) students who have a disability, specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, or mental health problems, or a long term medical condition. The scheme is open to full and part time undergraduate and postgraduate home students.

For full information about what DSAs can pay for, who is eligible to apply, what evidence you will need to provide, how much you can get and how the application process works, visit the Direct Gov website.  Nursing and midwifery students (unless seconded), apply through the NHS (see below).

Quick guide

A quick guide to how it works

  1. Gather evidence
     You will need written proof of your disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health problems, or a long term medical condition.
  2. Fill in an application form
      2.3.    If you have completed an application form for student finance and indicated that you want to apply for DSAs your funder will send an application form (DSA1) to you. Forms can also be downloaded from the links below.  The completed form is returned to the funder with the student's evidence (educational psychologists report, or a letter from their GP or consultant or other professional agency).
  3. Assessment of needs interview
    The funder writes to the student requesting they attend an assessment centre for an assessment of their study needs. At the assessment, the assessor discusses the content of the programme the student is following and study related difficulties the student will face as a result of their condition.
  4. Assessment of needs report
      The assessor produces a report with recommendations for support and sends a copy to the funder. 
  5. Notification of support
      The funder then writes to the student informing them of the support they have agreed and how to access it.

Applying for DSAs

Apply for DSAs
Information on applying for Disabled Students' Allowances.

Further information

More about DSAs
Information on Disabled Students' Allowances from DirectGov.

Information for health students
Programmes funded by the NHS apply via the NHS Business Services Authority.

Your DSA
An informative website with advice about how to understand, apply for, and track your progress through the DSA process.