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Needs assessment centre

As part of the application process for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), students have to undertake a study needs assessment. As Student Finance has already established that a student is eligible for the DSA, this assessment is not to test whether the student is entitled to DSA or not.

Instead, the test is to identify what support would be most suitable for the student and it is an opportunity to discuss with the assessor what type of support would be of benefit. Some examples of the support solutions available are on the DSA web page.

Students are able to attend a study needs assessment in Student Services at St Mary’s University, as we are an outreach needs assessment centre of the North London Regional Access Centre (NLRAC) and are able to carry out assessments for all disabilities, including mental health conditions and specific learning difficulties. Students and applicants for other universities are also able to have assessments with us. For more details, please visit the NLRAC webpage.