Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are available if you have a disability, including a 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. You must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
Continue reading for more information or go straight to how to apply.
You can get DSAs if:
The amount of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) you get does not depend on your income, or that of your parents or partner, but it does depend on your course intensity.
|Allowance:||Maximum amount available:|
|Non-medical helper||£15,885 per year|
|Specialist equipment||£5,332 for the whole course|
|General allowance||£1,388 per year|
|Disability-related travel||Reasonable spending on extra travel costs as a result of your condition.|
DSAs will either be paid directly to you or to any equipment or service suppliers.
Step 1 – Tell us about your disability
Fill in the Disabled Students’ Allowances Application Form and return it to us.
These guidance notes provide extra information you need to help you complete the DSA1 form.
Step 2 – Student Finance Wales (SFW) will assess your application
If you qualify for DSAs we will send you a letter to let you know. You’ll then need to arrange a needs assessment.
Step 3 – You should attend a needs assessment
After the needs assessment you’ll receive a report outlining the equipment you’ll need, how much it costs and where to get it.
Step 4 - Student Finance Wales will send you a letter to let you know what DSAs you can get
It’s at this stage you’ll receive a letter from SFW advising if DSAs can pay for any specialist equipment and other support recommended in your needs assessment report. We’ll also give you instructions for ordering equipment or arranging other support.
If you want to claim for expenses you’ve already paid out, fill in a 'Claim Form for Reimbursement of costs through Disabled Students' Allowances'.
You should send all forms and supporting documentation to Student Finance Wales.