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Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

This can be on its own or in addition to any student finance you get.

The type of support and how much you get depends on your individual needs - not your household income.

You do not need to pay back DSA.

What you'll get

2021 to 2022 academic year

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can get up to £25,000 a year for support.

2020 to 2021 academic year

 Specialist equipment allowanceNon-medical helper allowanceGeneral allowance
Full-time undergraduate studentsUp to £5,849 for the whole courseUp to £23,258 a yearUp to £1,954 a year
Part-time undergraduate studentsUp to £5,849 for the whole courseUp to £17,443 a yearUp to £1,465 a year
  • Postgraduates can get support of up to £20,580 a year.
  • These figures are the maximum amounts - most students get less.

What DSA can pay for

You can get help with the costs of:

  • specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • non-medical helpers, for example a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or specialist note taker
  • extra travel to attend your course or placement because of your disability
  • other disability-related study support, for example having to print additional copies of documents for proof-reading

Check whether you are eligible and apply for a DSA


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This page was last updated on 02 December 2019

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