Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are grants that can contribute towards some of the additional costs of studying at university with a disability or long-term health condition.

DSAs are usually provided by your funding body and paid on top of your standard student finance package. They do not have to be paid back and are not means-tested. The amount you receive depends on the extra support you need, not on your household income.

What will DSAs pay for?

DSAs may help with the costs of:

  • specialist equipment, eg a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • non-medical helpers, such as mental health mentoring and study skills for dyslexia
  • extra travel needed as a result of your disability
  • other disability-related costs of studying

Your exact entitlement will be determined by a full assessment of study needs and can be reviewed throughout your programme of study. See the gov.uk web page on DSAs for further information.

DSAs don’t cover disability-related costs you’d have if you weren't attending a course, or costs that any student might have.

Am I eligible?

DSAs are available to home (UK) students who have a disability, health condition or learning difficulty. You will need to apply to your relevant funding body with a copy of your medical evidence and/or educational psychologist's report.

Please see below the links to the relevant funding bodies:

When should I apply?

You can apply for DSAs as soon as you have applied to University. There is no cut-off date and you can apply if you are already a student, but the process can take several weeks so you should apply as soon as possible.

Applying early will maximise the chances of support being in place from the start of your course.  Application forms are usually available online from Easter for the next academic year.

If you have any queries about this process, are unsure of your funding body, or would just like help applying, please contact us.