What is DSA Disabled Students Allowance?

What is DSA/Disabled Students Allowance? [4 Benefits of DSA]

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students Allowance is more commonly known as DSA.

DSAs are available to help higher education students with the extra costs they may incur on the course because of a disability, which includes ongoing health conditions, mental health conditions or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and so forth.

DSAs are an allowance for undergraduate or post-graduate students who have a disability or long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia which affects their ability to study. It can be used to pay for things such as special equipment, a note-taker or transport costs.

The DSA is on top of other student finance and there is no requirement to to repay DSAs. How much DSA allowance a part time student will get will depend on the ‘course intensity’.

The DSA allowance is not means tested and so how much you get depends on your individual needs -and not your household income.

The method to make an application involves applying to Student Finance England and medical evidence is required to be provided. It is important the medical evidence is of the highest quality possible.

The application for DSA can be made sooner the student finance application service opens. This is generally at the six months before the start of the academic care in which a young person is expecting to take place in higher education.

The Local Authority must pass a copy of a young person’s Education Health and Care plan to the relevant DSA assessor so long as they are asked to do so by the young person as this will support and inform the application. All relevant material such as diagnostic and medical information and assessments should be provided to the DSA assessor.