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Money for higher education if you have a disability

If you are interested in studying a higher-education course, either full-time or part-time, but you’re worried because you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, hearing or visual impairment, mental-health condition or a disability, you could be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

What is the Disabled Students’ Allowance?

DSA stands for Disabled Students’ Allowance. These allowances are available for UK students applying for full-time and substantial part-time courses in higher education. DSAs help pay for extra costs in attending a course as a direct result of a disability.

A DSA is not dependent on your family’s income and does not have to be repaid.

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What is a Disabled Students' Allowance?

What can DSAs be used for?

Depending on your assessment, a DSA may:

  • help with the cost of a non-medical helper, such as a note taker;
  • pay for specialist equipment like a laptop or dictaphone;
  • pay for specialist software and technical support;
  • pay for items such as audio CDs, tapes or Braille paper;
  • pay for any extra travel costs arising from a disability.

If you are not eligible for a DSA, your college or university will still be able to provide support and guidance if you need help with your studies.

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