Disabled Students' Allowance

Students living in England who are accessing higher education can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if they have a:

  • Disability
  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia

The amount of support received through the DSA depends on individual needs rather than on income. The DSA is paid in addition to other sources of student finance, and does not have to be repaid.

The DSA can help with costs such as:

  • Specialist equipment (e.g. computer software)
  • Non-medical support, such as a note-taker or a reader
  • Additional travel costs incurred due to a disability
  • Other costs related to a disability, such as photocopying

Further details of the DSA can be found on the Government’s website: Disabled Students' Allowance.

Apply for DSA on GOV.UK