How to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowances

How you apply for DSAs depends on your course level, intensity, funding body (who pays your fees or loan) and your home address.

Check your eligibility on our Who can apply? page

Application instructions

Full-time undergraduate students from England

You can tick the DSA box when you apply for your loan from Student Finance England (SFE). You will then be provided with a link to apply online, or you can fill in the DSA1 'slim form' and post it to SFE.

If you are due to commence your studies in the next academic year, you can download the latest DSA forms from the UK government website. 

If you do not get any funding through Student Finance England or you do not intend to apply for loans or grants through SFE, you must complete the DSA1 'full form'. Students completing this form should send the completed form, along with the relevant evidence of your disability, to the University Aston Webb Student Hub. We will stamp it and forward the application to Student Finance England. Please contact us if you require any help with this.

Part-time undergraduate students and distance learning students from England

You should apply using the 'DSA1 full form'. You can download the latest DSA forms from the UK government website. If you apply for financial support through Student Finance England, there is a tick box on the application form to say you have a disability. If you tick this you will be sent a copy of the DSA1 form automatically.

Please send the completed form, along with the relevant evidence of your disability, to the University Aston Webb Student Hub. We will stamp it and forward the application to Student Finance England. Please contact us if you require any help with this.

Postgraduate students from England

How you apply depends on your funding body.

Research Council funded postgraduate students

If you receive a Research Council funded studentship and you wish to claim DSA, please contact us and we can check your eligibility and advise on the process for applying.

Non-Research Council funded postgraduate students

If you are funded directly by the University or you are self-funded, you can claim DSA from Student Finance England by completing the full version of the DSA1 form.

Please send the completed form, along with the relevant evidence of your disability, to Aston Webb Student Hub. We will stamp it and forward the application to Student Finance England. Please contact us if you require any help with this.

Research associates or assistants

If you are employed by the University as a research associate or assistant and registered for a research degree, you should apply for both Access to Work and DSA funding.

DSAs will be provided by either the relevant Research Council or Student Finance England. Please see the two sections above on Research-Council funded and non-Research Council funded postgraduate students for information on how to apply.

If you are unsure about the source of your funding

If you are not sure what type of funding applies to you, please contact us

Other UK students

Apply for DSAs through your funding body:

NHS Bursary and Social Work Bursary

Apply for Disabled Students' Allowances from the NHS bursary scheme or Social Work Busary

International and EU students

DSAs are only available to students who are ordinarily resident in the UK and have lived here for three years. If you’re ordinarily resident in another country then you will not qualify for DSAs. This applies even if you’re a European Union (EU) resident and can get help with your tuition fees.

Please see our international students page for more information about funding for non-UK students.

Alternative formats

Contact Student Finance England if you need copies of the form and guidance booklet in an alternative format. They are available in large print, Braille and audio versions.