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.    




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Please see our need help page for telephone and online contact points