Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are payments, provided to Students in Higher Education who have a Disability or Specific Learning Difficulty, to cover the cost of extra expenses which may be incurred whilst studying due to their additional needs.

There are four allowances which cover different areas of need

  • Specialist equipment allowance
  • Non-medical helper’s allowance
  • General and other expenditure allowance
  • Travel costs.

DSAs are not paid in set amounts as they depend on what the young person needs. Payments are intended to cover the cost of specific items of equipment, specific support worker costs, and so on.

To apply for DSAs contact Student Finance England. DSAs can be applied for at the same time as making an online UCAS application. For NHS-funded courses, the application for DSAs would be sent to NHS Student Bursaries.

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