Disabled Students' Allowances

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available for part-time students that have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 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. DSAs help cover the extra essential costs students might have as a direct result of their disability, for example a note taker or a non-medical helper.

Who can get DSAs?

  • undergraduates or postgraduate students - full-time and part-time (including distance learning students)
  • Open University (OU) students
  • 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.

DSAs available for part-time students in academic year 2019/20:

AllowanceMaximum amount available
Non-medical helper allowance £16,853 per year
Specialist equipment allowance £5,657 for the whole course
General allowance (for other disability-related expenditure) £1,420 per year
Disability-related travel allowance Reasonable spending on additional travel costs incurred as a result of the student’s condition.

DSAs available for part-time students in academic year 2018/19:

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

Disability Evidence Form

To help students get the evidence they need to complete their application for DSAs, we have created a Disability Evidence Form. The form needs to be completed by the student and their medical professional.



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