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Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)

The DSA's help pay for extra costs students may have to pay to study on their course, as a direct result of a disability, learning difficulty or mental-health condition.

The allowances can help with the cost of a non-medical personal helper, items of specialist equipment, travel and other course-related costs.

Full-time undergraduates and PGCE students
  • Specialist Equipment Allowance up to £5,212 for whole of your course
  • Non-medical helper's allowance - up to £20,725 per year
  • General Disabled Students' Allowance - up to £1,741 per year
  • Reasonable spending on extra travel costs
Part-time undergraduates
  • Specialist Equipment Allowance - up to £5,212 for whole of your course
  • Non-medical helper's allowance - up to £15,543 per year, depending on the percentage of full time study
  • General Disabled Students' Allowance - up to £1,305 per year
  • Reasonable spending on extra travel costs
Full and part-time postgraduates
  • One allowance, up to £10,362 a year, to meet all costs
  • This can be used for specialist equipment, non-medical personal helpers, extra travel costs or other related costs.

The information above sets out the allowances for new and existing students in higher education whose homes are in England.

More information on DSAs and information on how to make an application is available in the  Disabled Students' Allowances fact sheet (PDF).