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Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) provides extra financial help to UK Higher Education students to allow them to meet the extra costs of studying as a direct result of a mental health condition, disability or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). It is a non-repayable grant based on need not income.

You may get help with the costs of:

  • Specialist equipment or computer software.
  • Non-medical helpers, like a note-taker or specialist support tutor.
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability.
  • Other costs, like photocopying or printer cartridges.

The DSA is usually administered to Higher Education students by whomever is supplying the funding for your course. So, if you’re eligible for a student loan or fees through Student Finance England you should apply for the DSA direct to them. The application process can take a few weeks so it’s important to start it as soon as possible. However, it is always best to talk to us first as we can help you with your application and any assessment you might need.

​​Student Finance England quick guide to DSA


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