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About the DSA

What are the Disabled Students’ Allowances?

The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) can help with additional costs disabled students incur in attending their course as a direct result of a disability such as a physical disability, a mental-health difficulty, long-term illness or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

They are available to many full-time and part-time disabled students, although part-time courses must take no more than four times as long to complete as the full-time equivalent.

DSAs are available to both Undergraduates and Postgraduates and are not means-tested.

Unlike a student loan, this assistance does not have to be repaid, and there is no age limit. Students must meet UK residence requirements to be eligible.

For further information about the DSA you can view (or download a PDF) of Bridging the Gap, please follow this link