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 or specific learning difficulty. 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?

  • undergraduate students
  • postgraduate students
  • distance learning students, including Open University (OU) students

What support is available?

How much a student gets depends on their needs, not on their income, or that of their parents or partner.

DSAs available for part-time students in academic year 2020 to 2021:

Allowance Maximum amount available
Non-medical helper allowance £17,443 per year
Specialist equipment allowance £5,849 for the whole course
General allowance (for other disability-related expenditure) £1,465 per year
Disability-related travel allowance Reasonable spending on additional travel costs that come as a result of the student’s condition.

DSAs available for part-time students in academic year 2019 to 2020:

Allowance Maximum 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 that come 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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