Disabled Students’ Allowance

Students on our Higher Education Courses who require additional support need to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance. 

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) help to pay for extra costs that a student might have as a direct result of their disability, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. It is additional support available to students who may otherwise be disadvantaged from attending a higher education course because of a disability. 


Students may be eligible for DSAs if they have any of the following:

Other conditions not mentioned on this list may be covered by DSAs.

Key facts

How to apply

Students apply online and need to apply as soon as they can as the application process can take up to 14 weeks. Students will need to reapply every year for DSA to continue receiving support.

What evidence is required?

Student Services can provide help and guidance on accessing and completing the application form if required.

How much is available?

Once it has been determined you are eligible you may need to attend a ‘needs assessment’ which will determine how much funding you are entitled to - this assessment is paid for through your DSA entitlement. Student Services can help with this and identify your nearest Assessment Centre if required.

Further information and an application form is available on this website.

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