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The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) provides funding to support eligible students with disabilities and dyslexia/SpLD during the course of their studies.
The DSA can be used for:
Some items, such as entry level, high cost or low-weight computers; standard or course-specific software; wheelchairs, mobility scooters or radio aids which were previously funded through DSA are no longer being funded. Your needs assessor will advise you of any other changes which will affect you.
Application for DSA is through your funding body. Details of the application processes for the main funding bodies can be accessed through the links in the related links box. The video below explains the application process through Student Finance England. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about DSA and the application process.
When your DSA has been approved you will receive a letter outlining your entitlement (also known as the DSA2 letter). If your DSA is provided through Student Finance England, you may find it helps you to understand what you need to do next to refer to this annotated letter to help you to understand your entitlement (DSA2) letter.
Students who are recommended and agreed a computer will be required to pay £200 towards the cost of this. You may be eligible for reimbursement of this through Financial Aid arranged through the Disability and Dyslexia/SpLD Services.
Printing costs may be funded through DSA. This will be specified in your DSA Entitlement Letter. You can request a statement of your print account by raising a request with IT Services (OBIS) - you'll need to be clear about the period you would like the statement to cover (e.g. from the start of September until today). You can either do this through the online web portal or at one of the service desk points (see IT Services).
This can then be submitted along with your claim to your funding body.
The information presented in this video is correct for 2019-2020 DSA applications.
International students should contact their home government for information on any funding that may be available to students with a disability or medical condition.