What is DSA?
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are extra help for students who have a disability, a mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty, like dyslexia or dyspraxia, including Deaf and Hard of hearing students. Contact us to ask us to help you with your application for DSA.
Who are DSAs for?
You may claim the DSA in addition to your student finance loans and grants to cover any extra study-related costs you incur due to an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty. It is neither a benefit nor a loan, so it doesn’t need repaying. The amount you’ll receive depends on your individual needs not on your income, nor that of your parents or partner. There are some restrictions on what you may use your DSA for, so check the details carefully.
The DSA is available to both full-time and part-time students, those on unpaid sandwich courses, open and distance students, and those on postgraduate courses. You may apply for a DSA even if you have already taken a higher education course, although you can’t apply for more than one at a time.