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Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) and Financial Support

What are the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)?

DSAs are government grants issued by different funding bodies, such as Student Finance England, to help with any additional support costs incurred as a direct result of a disability for the duration of one's studies. The allowances can fund non-medical helper one to one support (i.e. specialist study skills or mentoring), specialist equipment and software, travel and other course-related costs. The allowances are neither means-tested nor repayable and students can apply at any stage during the studies.

The University is a registered Non Medical Helper support provider and offers these services to disabled students for the duration of their studies.

How to Apply for DSA

Further information regarding Disabled Students' Allowances

£200 Equipment contribution
Non-medical helper Rates
Study Needs Assessment
DSA via Research Council
DSA changes

Other Financial Support

In addition to the DSAs, students may be able to access other hardship funds from the University, charities and trusts. There are specific University funds for contributions towards the payment of computer equipment via the DSAs, ensuite on campus accommodation and SpLD/AS assessments. Full details may be found on our financial support page.