Disabled Students' Allowance

What is DSA?

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) helps pay the essential extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

You can get the allowance on top of your other student finance. DSA doesn't depend on your household income – what you can get depends on your needs. You don’t have to pay it back.

What can DSA pay for?

How to apply

Submit your application

If you’re studying a full-time undergraduate course and applying for other student finance, such as a Tuition Fee Loan, you’ll be able to apply for DSA from your online account after you’ve submitted your main student finance application.

When you apply for DSA, you’ll be told what evidence you need to upload to support your application. Make sure you send copies and keep a copy for yourself.

If you’re only applying for DSA and no other type of student finance, you need to complete a DSA1 application form. You can download this from www.gov.uk/studentfinance once the service opens.

The application process for DSA can take around 14 weeks. You should apply and upload your evidence as early as possible to make sure your DSA is paid in time for the start of your course.

Book your Study Needs Assessment

We may ask you to arrange an appointment with an Independent Needs Assessor to find out exactly what equipment and support you need for your course. Because of coronavirus, this could be a virtual assessment.

It’s not a test – it’s your chance to have an informal chat with a specialist advisor about your disability and its impact on your studies. During your assessment your advisor will work out what you need to help you get the most from your time at university or college.

Get your entitlement letter

We’ll confirm what support DSA can pay for. We’ll also give you instructions for ordering any specialist equipment or arranging other support.

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