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Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

UK students may be able to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) to cover additional disability-related study costs.

DSA pays for appropriate learning support for individuals such as:

  • Assistive technology, eg screen reading software, mindmapping software, computer, voice recorder.
  • Specialist study skills tutorials.
  • Academic mentoring.
  • Notetaking or other assistance.
  • Books and additional photocopying.

DSA are not loans and are not means-tested. The amount allocated will vary according to the needs of each individual.

A student must provide documentary evidence of their disability declaration. This could be a letter from a doctor or a recent report from an educational psychologist (eg for dyslexia and dyspraxia).

A key element of the DSA award process is an assessment of needs by an independent assessor - see the list of Assessment Centres. This 'needs assessment' is a discussion about how DSA funding can best support each student in their chosen course.Please note: this is separate to the diagnostic assessment some students may have had for any recent diagnosis.

What if I'm not eligible for DSA?

For those who are NOT eligible for DSAs (or those who have not yet received funding), Access Solent may be able to lend equipment and provide some support. If this applies to you, please contact Access Solent.

Non-Medical Helper (NMH) rates for DSA-QAG

Page last updated on Friday 15 January 2016 at 11.59am.

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