Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

Help if you’re a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability.

What is a Disabled Students’ Allowance?

By completing your DSA Needs Assessment with us, you will have access to the below allowances on top of your other student finance. You will not need to repay DSAs.

Specialist Equipment Allowance

Up to  £5,849 / course *

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Peripherals
  • Apps

The allowance may be used to purchase specialist equipment and software such as a screen reader, dictaphone, computer, furniture or other specialist software applications.

One-to-One Support

Up to  £23,258 / year *

  • Sighted Guide
  • Student Assistant
  • Specialist Mentor
  • Specialist 1-1 Study Skills Support

A personal helper may be needed for certain disabilities e.g. note takers, sighted helpers, one-to-one study skills support, specialist mentoring support or campus buddy.

General Expenses

Up to  £1,954 / year *

  • Photocopying
  • Printing
  • Ink
  • Paper

General expenses may cover extra printing or photocopying costs, purchasing additional course-related books or paying for binding that is associated with your particular course and disability.

Travel Costs

£ related to travel for study

  • Taxi fare
  • Mileage costs

The Travel Allowance helps with any extra travel costs students may have to pay to get to their university or college because of their disability.

* These figures are the maximum amounts available and based on the SFE 2020/2021 academic year rates. The actual amount awarded is based on individual need.

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