Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available to students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or specific learning difficulties. Students must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
Financial support available
The maximum available for postgraduate students is a single allowance of £20,000 per year. This will be less for part time students. They don’t need to apply for Postgraduate Master’s Finance or a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to apply for DSAs.
How to apply
Step 1 - Complete the DSA1 application form
Students will need to fill in the Disabled Students’ Allowances application form and return it to us.
Step 2 - We assess the application
We’ll send the student confirmation that they’re eligible for DSAs.
If the student is applying for DSAs for the first time, they’ll need to arrange a needs assessment. If they’ve previously received DSAs then we’ll revise their current support or in some circumstances request that they have a new needs assessment.
Step 3 - Attend a needs assessment (if required)
If the student needs to attend a needs assessment they’ll receive a report outlining the equipment they need, how much it costs and where to get it.
Students can find a DSA Assessment Centre near them.
Step 4 – We’ll send a letter to let the student know what DSAs they can get
It’s at this stage we’ll send a letter to the student advising if DSAs can pay for any specialist equipment and other support recommended in the needs assessment report. We’ll also give them instructions for ordering equipment or arranging other support.
Students can apply for DSAs by completing a DSA1 Form. The guidance notes provide extra information to help complete the form.