Buy DSA equipment myself / top up allowance?

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A quick question.

Has anyone had any experience of having DSA equipment allowance money paid directly into their bank account? I note that it is an option on the form and was wondering if there are any downsides to this.

I'm assuming if you were to do this you'd still be restricted to buying your equipment from a DSA approved supplier? I suspect that I will be able to get better value-for-money on my own, but clearly this wouldn't be the case if you're limited to buying directly from approved suppliers and can't 'shop around'

Secondly, is it possible to 'top up' DSA funding, i.e. ring the supplier and ask to supplement your allowance with private funds?

Thanks for any advice.
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If you buy for dsa supplier you will get warranty to cover it for the duration of your course so that's a pro there and they also fix any issues too. What finance company you getting dsa from sfe or NHS bursary.


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With me if it was in my bank I think I might use the remaining funds after buying things on general stuff in my life so I think it's better not to have it in bank if this is likely to happen . It's better someone else controlling it and you don't need to stress yourself out on finding the equipment you need. Plus budgeting the costs will be hard to get everything you need but not go over budget.


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You can Add funds if you want to change spc, for a weany boy Mac for instance
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Also laptops and other equipment (some software) supplied through DSA are zero rated for VAT as they have been supplied in relation to a disability.
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(Original post by Sanddancerlass)
With me if it was in my bank I think I might use the remaining funds after buying things on general stuff in my life so I think it's better not to have it in bank if this is likely to happen . It's better someone else controlling it and you don't need to stress yourself out on finding the equipment you need. Plus budgeting the costs will be hard to get everything you need but not go over budget.


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My course is only a two year one, so most standard warranties will cover it for this length.

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You can Add funds if you want to change spc, for a weany boy Mac for instance
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Also laptops and other equipment (some software) supplied through DSA are zero rated for VAT as they have been supplied in relation to a disability.
Ah yes, that would make a big difference!

Thanks.
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