If you are a UK student, you can apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). DSA is a grant available for UK students if you have a disability, long-term health condition, long-term mental health condition or learning difficulty.
Eligible disabilities include:
DSA doesn't depend on household income – the money you get depends on your needs, and it can be used to cover specialist equipment or software, or a non-medical helper. You don't have to pay these grants back.
DSA can give you access to services to support your studies such as:
To apply for DSA, you can download a form from the DSA website. You will need to provide evidence that your condition has a long-lasting and significant impact on your studies. This evidence can be a letter from your GP or from a specialist.
If you have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, you may need to have an up to date diagnostic assessment to be eligible for DSA. We can support you in getting this assessment, so please contact us to tell us what you need.
You can apply for DSA at any point in your course, but we recommend applying for it before you start your studies so that support is already in place. If you need specialist software, for example, it can be funded by DSA, but it would be best for you to have it at the very start of your course.
We understand that it can be difficult to disclose your disability, mental health condition or health condition. However, we encourage you to disclose this information to us at the earliest stage, so that you can get maximum benefit from our support while you are studying with us.
The information that you provide will be treated as personal, sensitive data, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR. We will only retain this information for as long as it is needed for the purposes of your support. Any information that is disclosed to us will be stored securely and will only be shared – in the most limited way, and only with your permission - with staff that need it to support you appropriately.
The Wellbeing Team offer confidential advice, information and guidance to support your wellbeing. We can help with strategies to manage stress and anxiety; mediation and advocacy in resolving conflicts; and signposting to other services.