Disabled Students Allowance's (DSA's) are grants that help towards the extra studying costs or expenses higher education students face as a result of a disability or specific learning difficulty.

They aim to help disabled students study on an equal basis. Full-time, part-time and postgraduate students all qualify.

DSA's are paid on top of the student finance package.

The DSA consists of three elements:

  • an Equipment Allowance
  • a Non-medical Helpers Allowance
  • a General Allowance

There is also the chance that further travel related expenses can be met. All agreed costs must be for course / education related support.

The equipment allowance is used for assistive technology which may be required for full access to the course and the institution. This includes:

  • computer software and hardware
  • recording devices
  • ergonomic items

Non-medical help relates to any human support, such as:

  • note-taking
  • the use of sign language interpreters

The general allowance is used to cover the cost of various items. Possible examples include:

  • paying for internet
  • books (under some circumstances)
  • ink cartridges
  • paper
  • photocopying
  • coloured overlays.

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