Who can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)?

DSAs are available to both new and existing students.  It does not matter if you study full-time or part-time.  There is no age limit and they are not means-tested (this means that it does not matter how much you or anyone in your household earns). You may qualify to apply for support if you have:

  • a sensory or physical disability
  • a medical condition
  • a mental health difficulty
  • a specific learning disability such as dyslexia
  • an autism spectrum condition

You cannot get DSA if you are:

  • receiving support equivalent to DSA from another funding provider
  • an EU student/an international student
  • a sandwich-course student whilst on a full-year paid placement - Access to Work might be able to provide support whilst on sandwich-course paid placements. You may still be able to get DSA if you are doing certain types of unpaid work experience in the public sector or voluntary sector

If you're not eligible for DSA there should still be support available to you in the form of a learning contract.