DSA - Find Your Way


This is your guide to the Disabled Student Allowances (DSA) process. When you're first starting out it can all seem a bit daunting. DnA are here to help! This handy step-by-step guide will show you all the things you need to do to get up and running with your DSA support.

What *is* the DSA?

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) are educational allowances for Higher Education courses. The DSA can help with the cost of specialist support, equipment or assistive software that you may require as a result of your disability, long-term health condition, sensory impairment, mental health, autistic spectrum condition or specific learning difference (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D. The aim of the DSA is to support and accommodate your individual needs.


The DSA is available to home students (from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). For more information see the following DSA pages:

*Students from England and Wales must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.

If you are an EU or international student contact your University/College Disability and Dyslexia Service Adviser in order to discuss the support available to you.

What support might I get?

If your application for DSA is successful, you will attend a Study Needs Assessment where your strengths and support needs are identified. The support you receive will be tailored to support you to develop effective learning strategies. The types of support you might receive include:

  • Specialist equipment, software and assistive technology training.*
  • Non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker, library assistant, specialist mentor or specialist study support tutor
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability
  • Other disability-related costs of studying

*Students from England funded by Student Finance England: where a computer is recommended and agreed you will be required to pay £200 towards the cost which is the minimum cost that any student is likely to incur when buying a computer. There may be funding through your university to help with this cost - enquire with student services.

If you are eligible for DSA, and feel that support through the DSA would be beneficial for your learning, apply for DSA.