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Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) – Student Information

DSAs are grants to help pay the extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. You don’t have to pay these back and they are not means tested.

The allowances can help with the costs of having a person to support you (for the additional support you may require while studying), such as a note-taker, items of specialist equipment, travel and other study-related costs. The grant is NOT able to be used for social and personal care costs.

Most (but not all) UK disabled students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be eligible, but in part this depends upon the duration of part time courses and some courses do not qualify for DSA support. EU and International students are not eligible for DSAs. LDS will be able to advise you about your particular circumstances if you are uncertain whether you are likely to be eligible.

You do not, however, need to engage with LDS in order to apply for DSAs and you can apply in advance of starting your course. In fact we highly recommend this, as it can take several weeks for the whole process to complete and it is preferable to have support in place in time for you starting your course.

Full details about DSAs can be accessed here, alternatively you can contact LDS to discuss this further.