1. Apply

Already receiving Student Finance?

If you are receiving Student Finance from Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can sign in to your Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland account to start your DSA application. The application for DSA should be on your ‘to-do list’.

If it is not on your ‘to-do’ list, then all you need to do is select ‘change your circumstances’ and follow the DSA instructions to apply. Use the photos below for guidance if you need!

Not receiving Student Finance?

If you are not receiving Student Finance, are a postgraduate student, or have a different funding body or nationality, you just need to fill out a form to start the process:

  1. If you are from England
  2. If you are from Northern Ireland
  3. If you are from Scotland
  4. If you are from Wales
  5. If you have a UKRI-funded studentship
  6. If you receive a NHS Student Bursary, you can apply through your BOSS account.

If you are from the Republic of Ireland, you can access support through the Fund for Students with Disabilities by registering with the disability or access office in your college. Find out more.

Get a head start

Letting Student Finance know that you would like additional support at university is the first and most important stage. Although you will have to show medical evidence to access the DSA, this should not stop you from applying.

If you face barriers at university, it is likely that there will be support available to you. Your university will have provisions in place, but it is always best to begin by applying for the DSA.

You can apply for the DSA as soon as you have your place confirmed with UCAS. By applying early, you will have everything sorted way ahead of time. You can spend your first term meeting new friends, settling into a new environment, and not worrying about the DSA.

Applying early can also help your university because your DSA needs assessment report acts as evidence for your reasonable adjustments, such as extra time during exams. You won’t need a DSA needs assessment report to access reasonable adjustments; your university will likely have its own process. But having your DSA needs assessment report already completed can often reduce delays in accessing these adjustments.

Application stage done. Amazing!

Next up, let’s see how you get allocated support.

Locating ‘to-do list’

Locating ‘to-do list’

‘To-do list’ page

‘To-do list’ page

Accessing DSA1 Step 1

Accessing DSA1 Step 1

Accessing DSA1 Step 2

Accessing DSA1 Step 2

Accessing DSA1 Step 3

Accessing DSA1 Step 3

Accessing DSA1 Step 4

Accessing DSA1 Step 4