Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) Information
What is DSA?
The DSA provides financial help to students studying in higher education who have a diagnosed disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. They are administered by Student Finance England (or Wales or Scotland)
What can the DSA pay for?
- Specialist equipment, e.g. software, ergonomic
- Non-medical helper allowance, e.g. note-takers, study skills support, sign-language interpreters.
- Travel costs
- Other disability-related costs, e.g. braille paper, tapes.
How do I apply for a DSA?
Complete a DSA application form and send it to Student Finance (http://www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk) with evidence of your disability. If they confirm you are eligible then arrange a needs assessment, you will be supplied with a list of accredited assessment centres.
What is a needs assessment?
A confidential interview where an assessor identifies with you the support, training and equipment you need to study effectively. The assessor will write a Needs Assessment Report (NAR) that recommends your support and equipment. This report is then sent to you, the Student Finance body, and your disability adviser.
When do I get my support and equipment?
Once the needs report is processed (2 - 4 weeks), you will receive a letter confirming the support and equipment recommended. For your non-medical helper support you will be contacted by Claro Learning to make arrangements. For equipment supply you are asked to contact the chosen supplier.
I need more information. Who do I contact?
You can speak to your local Disability Advisor or contact Claro Learning for advice. Contact Us