Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
- Students living in England
- Students living in Scotland
- Students living in Wales
- Students living in Northern Ireland
- Further Information on DSAs and student finance
Disability Advisers at the DRC can answer your questions and assist you with your application. Please contact the DRC to arrange an appointment.
DSAs are grants to help meet the extra course costs incurred as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty. They are paid on top of anything you get through the standard student finance package, are not means tested and do not need to be repaid.
- If you are a home student and have an impairment, health condition (including a mental health condition) or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, you may be entitled to claim DSAs.
- EU and international students are not eligible for DSAs, but you can contact the DRC to enquire about alternative funding options.
- If you are a postgraduate student funded by a research council (such as the AHRC or EPSRC) please contact a DRC adviser to apply for DSA funding. You may also find the Research Councils UK website on Disabled Students' Allowances to be useful.
Applications for 2013/14
New students who want to apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs), in addition to their main loans and grants (referred to as core support), should indicate this on their online application. Student Finance England will then post you a DSA1 form to sign and return with evidence of your disability. If you have already applied for core support, but did not request a DSAs application and now want to apply, you will need to complete the short version of the DSA1 form.
Returning DSA customers should re-apply for their main loans and grants online and indicate that they wish their DSA support to continue.
New and returning customers who are receiving DSA support only, who are part-time or postgraduate customers need to re-apply each year for DSAs and should complete the long version of the DSA1 form.
To apply visit the GOV.UK Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) page and go to 'Part 4: 'How to apply.' Copies of DSAs application forms are also available below.
Applications for 2012/13
To apply visit the How to apply page, and see the 2012 to 2013 forms and guidance ready to be downloaded under the 'Application Form' section.
For information and to apply visit Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) page. Copies of DSAs application forms are available below. Please note these forms are for 2012/13, forms and guidance for 2013/14 will be added as soon as they become available.
- DSA FT: for all full-time students who have applied for tuition fee and/or living costs support
- DSA DO: for full-time students not applying for tuition fee and/or living-costs and for part-time and distance learning students
- Guidance notes: to help you apply for your DSA
For information and to apply visit the Student Finance Wales Students with disabilities page. Copies of DSAs application forms are available below.
- Slimform DSA1 Form 2013/2014: for students who have completed, or who are in the middle of completing, an application for Student Finance and also want to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances
- Full DSA1 Form 2013/14: for students wishing to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance only. This form should also be completed if students are applying for the first time and have not already applied for financial support.
- Guidance notes: extra information to help you complete the DSA1 application form
- Bridging The Gap 2013/14
For information and to apply visit the Student Finance NI Students with disabilities page. Copies of DSAs application forms are available below.
- DSA1 Slimline Form: for students who have completed, or who are in the middle of completing, an application for Student Finance and also want to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances.
- DSA1 Application form: for students who are applying for Disabled Students' Allowances only, or for part-time students, postgraduate students or students studying their course by distance learning.
- DSA1 Guidance notes
- Bridging The Gap: A guide to the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) in higher education
Disabled Students' Allowances
- DSAs: Helping you study in higher education - National Association of Student Money Advisers' (NASMA) guide to the DSAs
- YourDSA.com - an informative website to help students better understand, apply for, and track their progress through the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) process. This website covers the full process, including DSA funding awareness, applying to the Funding Body, booking a Needs Assessment, through to ordering Assistive Equipment and support
- Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) DSA resources - general information on DSAs as well as a list of useful links
- Learn more about Disabled Students’ Allowances - links to videos and other information from Student Finance England to help students learn more about Disabled Students’ Allowances.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Student Finance
- Use the Directgov Student Finance Widget below to access a variety of relevant information and services about DSAs and Student Finance, from Directgov: