- Last Updated: Friday, 08 May 2015 16:41
For full details on what DSAs are, including information on what you'll get, eligibility and how to apply, please click
the relevant link below:
What you'll get – https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/what-youll-get
Eligibility & evidence required – https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/eligibility
Once you have applied and returned all the evidence required by your funding body the process can take around 14 weeks.
As it takes almost 14 weeks you should apply for DSAs as soon as possible don't wait until you start studying.
You should check this with your funding body, but most are happy to receive clear photocopies.
Your DSAs are a grant which is non-repayable. However, if you leave your course before the end, you should confirm this with your funding body. Find information about funding bodies.
This is the approval letter which is sent by your funding body. It tells you what support has been approved and how to arrange your support.
You may need to pay for any tests or letters to prove that you qualify for DSA. However, it may be possible to get financial help through your university or college. You should speak to your disability officer about this.
You will have to pay for: consumables; additional travel costs; photocopying; additional non-core textbooks; and internet costs. However, if recommended in your needs assessment report, you may be able to claim back these costs through the general allowance.
If you have been recommended a new computer, you will need to pay the first £200 towards this.
If travel costs have been recommended in your needs assessment report, you will have to apply for reimbursement through your funding body. Find information about funding bodies.
No, if you have bought equipment prior to being assessed, you will not be reimbursed for it.
You should notify your funding body as soon as possible. Find information about funding bodies.
A Diagnostic Assessment is used to identify the presence of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). It is conducted by specialist teachers and psychologists who hold a current practising certificate in SpLD Assessment issued by their professional association for example British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (Patoss).
Find information on the assessment process.
Find a full list of Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) registered suppliers.
Find details on arranging delivery of your equipment.
Yes, as long as you have not left university early - if you leave early, please check this with your funding body.
You can make a complaint by accessing our complaints section which will give you details on the process to follow.
Find your disability officer by accessing our disability officer search.