The College Leavers Guide To The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

If you are a student who has additional needs and you are shortly finishing college, you may be wondering what are the next steps to ensure you have support in place for your university course in September?

The interval between applying for funding and receiving the appropriate equipment and support may be up to three months. It is therefore advisable that you apply as early as possible, if necessary, before the confirmation of your course. 

The College Leavers Guide to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) has been set up with the goal of providing the information you need to ensure support will be in place at the appropriate time.

What is the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)?

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a UK government-funded program providing students financial grants to cover any extra study expenses a student may have due to a disability. Both part-time and full-time students can get access to the DSA including those on postgraduate, distance learning and Open University courses.

Watch the short 2 minute video below for a complete overview of the Disabled Students’ Allowance…


Our Guide To All Areas Of The DSA

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  1. Find your funding body. 
  2. The DSA application Process.
  3. Booking your DSA study needs assessment.
  4. What happens at your DSA study needs assessment.
  5. Receiving your DSA Entitlement letter.
  6. Arranging delivery of your DSA equipment.

If you still have questions we have an extensive FAQ section towards the bottom of our main DSA page here, you can also email any questions to [email protected]


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