Eligibility for the Disabled Students Allowance

You must satisfy all three requirements below to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

1. Proof of disability

You must provide evidence of your disability, such as a doctor's letter, a post-16 Educational Psychologist's Report or an audiogram.

2. Nationality

You must fall into one of the following categories:

  • UK student
  • EU student who has lived in the UK for more than five years immediately prior to starting your course
  • International student with either settled status or indefinite leave to remain in the UK

Please note: other students from overseas are not eligible for DSA but should seek funding from their sponsor.

3. Course requirements

You must be one of the following:

  • a full-time undergraduate on a course lasting at least a year
  • a part-time undergraduate whose course lasts at least a year and doesn’t take more than four times as long to complete as the equivalent full time course
  • a postgraduate studying a recognised taught or research course

Useful information

  • Previous degree study will not affect your claim.
  • Unlike the loan system, students aged 60 or over may also apply for DSA.
  • You are responsible for obtaining and paying for any tests to establish your eligibility for DSA.

Further information

For more information please visit GOV.UK to check your eligibility.

If you are not eligible for DSA, you may still be able to receive funded support. Register with the Student Disability Service and discuss your needs with your named advisor.


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