What are DSAs?
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are grants to help 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 allowances on top of your other student finance. DSAs don’t depend on your household income – what you can get depends on your needs. You don’t have to pay these back.
What can DSAs pay for?
DSAs are available to help pay for:
- specialist equipment, such as a computer
- non-medical helpers
- travel costs
- other disability-related costs of studying
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 DSAs from your online account after you’ve submitted your main student finance application.
When you apply for DSAs, you’ll be told what evidence you need to send us to support your application. Make sure you send copies and keep a copy for yourself.
If you’re only applying for DSAs 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 DSAs can take around 14 weeks. You should apply and send us your evidence as early as possible to make sure your DSAs are 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.
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 DSAs can pay for. We’ll also give you instructions for ordering any specialist equipment or arranging other support.