Part-time students - Disabled Students’ Allowances

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available for part-time students that have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs are additional funding available for part-time students who otherwise may not have been able to attend a higher education course.

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 Training (ITT) course
  • students studying a higher education course (HND or Dip HE) for the first time.

What support is available?

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

DSA available for part-time students in academic year 2016/17:

AllowanceMaximum amount available
Non-medical helper allowance £15,885 per year
Specialist equipment allowance £5,332 for the whole course
General allowance (for other disability-related expenditure) £1,388 per year
Disability-related travel allowance Reasonable spending on additional travel costs incurred as a result of the student’s condition.

Useful documents

Mental Health Evidence Pro-forma

To assist students with mental health difficulties obtain the evidence needed to progress their DSA application, SFW have created a pro-forma in consultation with UMHAN. Currently, SFW receive mental health evidence that does not meet requirements which leads to delays for the student. Please help SFW promote the use of this pro-forma.

Specification Matrix Document



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