Department of Education

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) explained

What is Disabled Student Allowance?

  • Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) is a grant to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.

What can a DSA be used for?

  • Specialist equipment you need for studying e.g. computer software.
  • Non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or reader.
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability.
  • Other costs e.g. stationary, tapes or photocopying.

Who can apply?

  • You can apply if you are going to study either a full or part time undergraduate or postgraduate course that lasts at least one year.
  • Both you and your course must meet certain criteria. You should check these before you apply, here.

How much will I get?

How do I apply?

  • You should apply for a DSA as early as possible. Don’t wait until you have been accepted on a course.
  • To apply you need to fill in a DSA1 application form.
  • Your application will be considered and if you qualify you will be asked to attend an assessment centre to work out what help you’ll need.


For full details about the DSA, visit DirectGov.


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