Disabled Student Allowance provides additional funding for University students who have a long term health condition or disability. If this describes you, you can get help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability;
- non-medical helpers;
- extra travel because of your disability;
- other disability-related costs of studying.
You may get a new computer if you do not already have one, or your current one does not meet your study needs. More information will be provided to you if you’re assessed as needing a new computer. You’ll need to pay the first £200, which is the minimum cost that any student is likely to incur when buying a computer.
You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a learning difficulty, for example dyslexia or ADHD. The diagnostic assessment must have been conducted by an appropriately qualified assessor, such as a Specialist Teacher with an Assessors Practising Certificate (APC). To check if a Specialist Teacher Assessor holds a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) see the listing on the SASC website
You must also:
- be an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
- qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
- be studying on a course that lasts at least a year
Please see the following for further information: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim and the SASC website