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Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant to help meet the extra costs of studying that students face as a direct result of a disability.

It is designed to help disabled students study on an equal basis with other students. The amount you receive does not depend on your household income. You do not have to repay the DSA.

Who is eligible

Undergraduate, postgraduate, full-time and part-time disabled students are entitled to the following support through DSA:

  • Specialist Equipment Allowance, eg for software, laptop
  • Non-Medical Helpers Allowance, eg for a specialist mentor or study skills tutor
  • Travel Allowance, eg for extra costs you have to pay as a result of your disability

Who isn't eligible

European Union, International, and Further Education students are not eligible for DSA. Our Learning Support Officers (LSOs) may be able to offer advice and guidance about other support available to these students. To discuss your options, please contact the LSOs via the Student Centre.

How to apply

See our page on applying for DSA.

Assessment of Needs

Once you have applied for DSA you will receive a letter asking you to book an Assessment of Needs.

Advice on Assessment of Needs for students.

Information for Assessment of Needs assessors.

Other sources of information

The SFE Extra help - Disabled Students' Allowances 2016-17 booklet (PDF download) has additional information on DSA.

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