Financial support for disabled students

If you have a disability, mental health issue or long-term illness, you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) to cover the extra study costs relating to your disability.

For example, you can use it to help with:

  • travel costs
  • a non-medical helper to assist you with academic needs
  • specialist equipment like a computer

To apply for DSA, you need to be a UK student studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. If you’re studying part-time, you need to be studying the equivalent of 25% of a full-time course (for example, 30 credits a year on an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree course).

The amount you get is based on your needs, not your income. It doesn’t cover costs that aren’t related to your study.

DSA maximum allowances

The maximum allowance for full-time students is:

  • £5,529 over the duration of your course for specialist equipment (you’ll need to pay the first £200 towards a computer)
  • £21,987 a year for non-medical helpers
  • £1,847 a year to pay for anything not covered by other allowances

The maximum allowance for part-time students is:

  • £5,529 over the duration of your course for specialist equipment (you’ll need to pay the first £200 towards a computer)
  • £16,489 a year for non-medical helpers
  • £1,385 a year to pay for anything not covered by other allowances

How to apply for DSA

You can apply for DSA as part of your application when you apply for student finance through Student Finance England.

If you’re not applying for student finance, you can ask for a paper application form.

It can take up to 3 months to process your application and arrange for an assessment, so apply as soon as you can.

Further help and support if you have a disability

If you have a disability, mental health issue or long-term illness, you can get help and support from our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC).

As well as help and advice once you start uni, we can give you support throughout your application.