Financial support for disabled postgraduate students
If you have a disability, mental health problem or long-term illness, you may have extra study costs relating to your disability. For help covering these costs, you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
Disabled Students' Allowances
If your application for DSAs is successful, you can use the allowances to help with travel costs, to fund specialist equipment like a computer, or to pay for a non-medical helper to assist with your academic needs. DSAs don't cover costs unrelated to your study.
How much you receive
The amount you receive is based on your needs, not your income. The maximum allowance for full- and part-time postgraduate students is £10,652, to cover all aspects of any disability-related costs.
How to apply for DSAs
To apply for DSAs, you need to be a UK student studying a postgraduate degree (the allowance is also open to undergraduates). If you’re studying part-time, you'll need to be studying the equivalent of 25% of a full-time course, such as 30 credits a year on a typical postgraduate degree.
It can take up to 3 months to process your application and arrange for an assessment, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.
Further help and support if you have a disability
You can also get help and support from our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC). They can offer advice once you start university and help with your DSAs application.