Funding your studies

Disabled Students' Allowances

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are for students with a disability including a long-term health condition, a mental health condition, or a specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia.  DSAs are paid on top of your student finance, are not means-tested and don't have to be repaid. The allowance can help with the cost of having a person to support you, such as a note-taker or specialist tutor, items of specialist equipment, travel and other course-related costs. 

Eligibility criteria

  • You must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.
  • You must be a UK* student.

*Some EU/EEA students may qualify. Please check out sections (2) and (3) of our information sheet EU/EEA undergraduate funding for exceptions.

Restrictions and exemptions

  • See eligibility criteria above.

How to apply

You should apply for this as soon as possible and you can apply for this before you start your course. If you're applying for full funding from Student Finance England, you should first make an online application by visiting the student finance section of the gov.uk website. Once you have done this, you should fill out the DSA1 slim form to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances.

If you're only applying for Disabled Students' Allowances, you should fill out the DSA1 full form.

If you're a full-time undergraduate student applying to Student Finance England online you might like to download our Full-time funding application guidance notes.

If you're eligible you'll need to have a needs assessment at an access centre. We have an assessment centre located on site. For further details of the on-site assessment centre or to book a needs assessment at the centre please visit the Contact Associates website. A Needs Assessment Report will then be sent to your funding body with recommendations for your support. You will then receive a letter confirming the details of the support. Once you receive this you can order equipment and organise specialist support.

For students who aren't eligible for the DSA, such as international students, please contact us when you're thinking of applying to London Met so we can discuss possible sources of disability-related funding with you.

Further information

Full-time undergraduate funding 16/17
Previous study

For specific information for your particular funding body, please follow the links below:


At a glance

Maximum value:

Up to £5,212 for the specialist equipment allowance; up to £20,725 for the non-medical helper allowance; up to £1,741 for the general allowance (2016/17 starters)

Up to £5,358 for the specialist equipment allowance; up to £21,305 for the non-medical helper allowance; up to £1,790 for the general allowance (2017/18 starters)

Open to: Full-time / Part-time UK students
Studying at level: Undergraduate / Postgraduate
The information on this page applies to students starting courses in these academic years (as indicated): 2016/17
2017/18

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