Services for Students

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Disabled Students' Allowances

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) help disabled students from the UK to fund additional costs they may incur when taking part in a higher education level course.   

DSA funding is available from Student Finance England, Student Finance Northern Ireland, Student Finance Wales, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, the NHS and Research Councils.

Apprentices and international students should contact us direct by emailing

Depending on your needs, support from the DSA could include specialist equipment, software, a non-medical helpers allowance, travel allowance and a general allowance.  The amount of DSA you receive will depend on your funding body and on your DSA needs assessment.  

The DSA can only be used to cover expenditure and equipment costs that arise as a direct consequence of the effects of a disability on your studies. It cannot be used to cover costs that will be incurred by all students, such as standard course textbooks, basic stationery or other course-related costs and reasonable travel by private vehicle or public transport.

For support with other disability related costs, please see other funding for disabled students.

I'm struggling to apply for DSA can you help?

If you need help in completing the application form, then fill it in as much as you can and email it to us to complete Section 5.  We can follow-up with SFE if your application is delayed provided you gave consent to share when you completed your application.  If you need to arrange a DSA Study Needs Assessment, then we can guide you to the list of approved assessment centres.  If you have lost your evidence and have supplied it to us previously, we can supply you with replacement copies. Our policy is to retain your evidence for 6 years after the completion of your course.  Full information about DSAs and which form to complete can be found at





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