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’.

Locating ‘to-do list’

‘To-do list’ page

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, choose your degree start date, navigate to which category applies to you (For Example, Undergraduate or Postgraduate), and then choose ‘Disability and Childcare Forms’.
  3. If you are from Scotland
  4. If you are from Wales
  5. If you have a UKRI-funded studentship
  6. If you receive an NHS Student Bursary, you can apply through your BOSS account.
  7. 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.

Why you should apply for DSA as early as possible

You don’t need to have started your course to apply for DSA; you don’t even need to have a confirmed place at university. You can apply for DSA as soon as student finance applications open (usually in February or March). 

By applying early, you’ll know that everything is in place for your arrival at university. You can hit the ground running in your first term and focus on settling into a new environment and getting to grips with your course, knowing that all of your support is already in place.

Although you will have to show medical evidence to access DSA, this shouldn’t stop you from applying. Letting the DSA Team know that you are entitled to additional support is the first and most important stage. 

Make sure you discuss all of your needs

If you have more than one diagnosis or condition, make sure you share each individual condition on your DSA application. DSA will only be able to provide you support for the diagnoses that you have highlighted on your application. Make sure you cover everything so you can access all of the support you need! 

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 DSA Step 2

Accessing DSA Step 2

Accessing DSA Step 3

Accessing DSA Step 3

Accessing DSA Step 4

Accessing DSA Step 4