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What is Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)?

DSA is a non-means tested allowance for all disabled students who are already studying or about to study a higher education course. It covers additional study related costs that you will incur because of your disability.

DSA might include:

  • a specialist equipment allowance to help buy any equipment you may need
  • a non-medical helpers allowance to help pay support such as interpreters or mentors
  • a general allowance to help with minor costs such as photocopying or Braille

When should you apply for DSA?

It can take up to three months to get your DSA support in place, so you should apply for it as soon as you have applied for a course. If you are due to start your course soon, or you are already on your course, you can still apply. The Sheffield Regional Assesment Centre is able to help you with your DSA application to make it as simple and straightforward as possible.

For more information please contact us.

How do you apply for DSA?

1. Getting your Medical Evidence

You will need to have evidence of your disability or condition before you can apply for DSA.

  • If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia/ Dyspraxia), you will need to provide a full Diagnostic assessment, carried out after you were 16 years of age, by an educational psychologist, or a suitably qualified professional.
  • For other disabilities or ongoing health conditions, you will need to provide a letter from your GP or from a suitably qualified specialist.

2. Completing the DSA application form

You will need to complete a DSA 1 application form which you can find by going to your Funding Body web pages below. You will need to submit the completed form to them with a copy of your medical evidence. Links to funding bodies and information about how to apply for DSA can be found here

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