Disabled students' allowances
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) help pay for additional costs that you may have while studying as a result of your disability, long-term illness, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. Full-time and part-time students are both eligible to apply.
You must be eligible for the standard student support package in order to be eligible for DSAs. This includes tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and grants. The range of support available for 2020/21 includes:
- Specialist equipment allowance: up to £5,684 for the whole course
- Non-medical helper's allowance: up to £22,603 per year for full-time students and £16,951 for part-time students
- General Disabled Student Allowance for other disability-related costs: up to £1,899 each year for full-time students and £1,424 for part-time students
- DSAs for postgraduate study: up to £20,000 for full-time and part-time students
- Travel costs: if these are incurred as a result of your disability.
How to apply
You can apply for DSAs by requesting an application form from your Local Authority or online via the Student Support Direct website.
There is a wide range of disability-related financial support, including benefits, tax credit, payments, grants and concessions. Please visit the Gov.uk Financial help if you're disabled webpage for further details.