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.

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

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.

Further information

Full-time undergraduate funding 16/17
Previous study


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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