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:
|Allowance||Maximum 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.|
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