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Disabled Students’ Allowances

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available for students that have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs are additional funding available for students who otherwise may not have been able to attend a higher education course. They must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Who can get DSAs?

  • undergraduates or postgraduate students - full-time and part-time (including distance learning students)
  • Open University (OU) students
  • students studying an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course
  • students studying a first higher education course (HND or Dip HE).

What support is available?

The amount of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) the student gets does not depend on the student’s income, or that of their parents or partner.

All 2017/18 figures are subject to approval by the National Assembly for Wales.

DSAs available for full-time students in academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18:

AllowanceMaximum amount available
Non-medical helper £21,181 per year
Specialist equipment £5,332 for the whole course
General allowance £1,785 per year
Disability-related travel Reasonable spending on additional travel costs incurred as a result of the student’s condition.

Useful documents

Disability Evidence Form

To assist students with a disability, long-term health condition or mental health condition obtain the evidence needed to progress their DSA application, SFW have created a Disability Evidence Form. The form needs to be completed by the student and their medical professional.

Specification Matrix Document



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