What is the Disabled Students Allowance?

If you are a higher education student living in United Kingdom you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:

  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia

You must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are paid on top of your other student finance. They help you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability. They don’t have to be repaid. How much you get depends on your individual needs – not your household income. If you’re a part-time student your ‘course intensity’ can affect how much you get.

You can get help with the costs of:

  • Specialist equipment, e.g. a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • Non-medical helpers
  • Extra travel because of your disability
  • Other disability-related costs of studying