Source: UK Government
We recognise that every student faces individual circumstances and we regularly work with other organisations to raise awareness of the help and support available, and of how the DSAs application process works.
This helps us to deliver the best service we can, in the most appropriate way.
Further information is available below on DSAs.
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
Full information is available at www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas but in summary;
If you are a student with a disability, DSAs exist to help with any extra essential costs you may have as a result of your disability.
This may cover;
Specialist equipment – for example if you need a computer to run specialist software or braille display
Non-medical helper – for example, if you need a BSL interpreter to attend lectures
Travel – for example, if you need to use a taxi to attend University, rather than using public transport
A range of general costs may also be considered, related to your disability.
The application process
DSAs do not depend on household income and do not need to be repaid. You can apply online if you are a full-time student in England and are applying for other support from Student Finance England at www.gov.uk/studentfinance
If you are not applying for any other finance then you can download an application form at www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms
Evidence of disability
You will be required to provide evidence of your disability but this will be made as easy as possible, especially at the moment, when social distancing may add other difficulties. For advice on what may be required www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/eligibility
You also may need to meet with an experienced Needs Assessor, however it will be possible to do this via video-link or telephone.
Please start the application process as soon as possible
Even if you are not certain which course or institution you may attend in the autumn, you are strongly advised to start the DSAs application process as soon as possible, to ensure that finance and support will be available for the start of term.
You may wish to visit www.thestudentroom.co.ukfor further information.
Full time students in England can apply online now at www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Part-time and postgraduate students should currently download paper applicationswww.gov.uk/student-finance-forms
It is hoped to bring this service online during June 2020 but please do not delay in finding out what is required to start the process as quickly as possible.