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SFE Advisors for this Q&A
Amy Hedges, Quality Officer, DSA
Amy has worked in SFE’s Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) team for five years. As the Assistive Technology Specialist she deals with questions about the technology supplied through DSAs.
Anne-Marie Wylie, Customer Advisor
Anne-Marie has worked in SFE’s Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) team for four years. She’s involved in processing DSAs applications and specialises in complex cases.
Any student who is applying for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) for the first time in the 2015/16 academic year will be affected by the change.
Anyone who already has their DSA support in place won't be affected in 2015/16.
I hope that answers your question.
Could you outline some of the key changes that are taking place?
At the moment we have not yet finalised the guidance for assessing what people will get from DSA in the 2015/16 academic year. We are still working really closely with our partners to get this finished.
There are two things however that are confirmed - as these have been put into the regulations, these are:
1 - we need to establish that your disability/condition meets the Equality Act definition of a disability - you can find more details about that here:
2 - that if you are recommended a computer to be funded from the DSA you will need to pay the first £200 of this - we will then pay the rest, along with covering the full cost of any other equipment/software that you need (up to £5,212 - this is dependent on need and most students get less).
I hope that answers your question - sorry that I'm not able to give you anymore detail at the moment.
Despite there being a delay in the guidance being finalised, you are not prevented from applying for DSAs. The DSA service was successfully launched on the 26th January 2015 and you can now submit applications to Student Finance England.
If you’re studying full-time, just select the option to apply for DSAs in your main student finance application. Once you’ve submitted your application you can download a short version of the DSA application form from your student finance account.
If you only want to apply for DSAs and no other type of student finance or if you’re studying part-time you can download the full DSA form at www.gov.uk/studentfinance
If you have any questions about the application process just ask or further information is available on the dedicated student finance zone at www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance