Disability support

Disability student allowance

Disabled student allowance

A student is considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available to help students pay the extra essential costs they may have as a direct result of a disability, this includes a mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. 

The allowance for example can be used for specialist equipment, travel or other course related costs. This money is given to the learner, it is not a loan and therefore does not have to be paid back. DSAs are assessed according to individual need and not on household income. 

All UK full-time undergraduates are eligible for support as long as the course is a designated course. Part-time students are eligible for DSAs as long as they’re studying a designated course which is at least 25% of the full-time equivalent each year. The support includes Open University and distance learners in the UK.

For more information about eligibility please see the Gov.uk website 

Student Finance Guide

Student Finance have produced a handy document you may find helpful which you can download below. 

Disabled Student Allowances

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