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    i am in my first year of university and i have been given/ paid £200 pounds or something for this dsa laptop. it is too big and heavy and now i want to buy a smaller one from pc world. am i allowed to sell my dsa laptop ? besides i paid for it didn't i.
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    Aren't those the laptops they give to kids from disadvantaged families so they can do their work on it?
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    (Original post by JustPadz)
    Aren't those the laptops they give to kids from disadvantaged families so they can do their work on it?
    No, DSA is an allowance for students with learning or mental health difficulties.
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    It is given to you on loan. You are not allowed to sell it; it's fraud. They are clamping down on it heavy this year. I've just had my assessment and am waiting for my equipment. It's people who sell it which means that I and others get less help.
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    (Original post by gwaggy)
    It is given to you on loan. You are not allowed to sell it; it's fraud. They are clamping down on it heavy this year. I've just had my assessment and am waiting for my equipment. It's people who sell it which means that I and others get less help.
    It is not a loan, you keep it. The laptops given anyway are only really basic and won't last you like 6 years or so. They are clamping down on DSA because budgets etc, and to only give DSA to those who need it the most.
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    It is not a loan, you keep it. The laptops given anyway are only really basic and won't last you like 6 years or so.
    I had my assessment on Monday and asked. They said it is a loan. Whilst the guy assessing me hadn't heard of anyone being asked to return stuff, Student Finance reserve the right to ask for the equipment back at anytime. They are recently having a problem with people selling stuff for thousands of pounds and so are getting more vigilant as a result.
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    (Original post by gwaggy)
    I had my assessment on Monday and asked. They said it is a loan. Whilst the guy assessing me hadn't heard of anyone being asked to return stuff, Student Finance reserve the right to ask for the equipment back at anytime. They are recently having a problem with people selling stuff for thousands of pounds and so are getting more vigilant as a result.
    It is very, very unlikely they will ask for it back. The laptop I was given is so **** that I'm using a loan from my uni and my uni are now trying to get me a replacement one. Trust me, you won't be getting some top of the range laptop.
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    As far as I am aware it is your property and you are free to dispose of it as you wish. I think the only problem would be where you'd fraudulently obtained the laptop and gone on to sell it - but that's clearly not relevant in your case.
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    I am aware! But I think I get a better one than most (still crapish probs) as my disability is physical and I need a lot of specialist programming. I also am probably getting a bursary to cover the £200.

    I just know that they are clamping down as people were selling off their stuff for £4000-5000 and then dropping out the course to make a profit.

    Who knows what rules Student Finance might implement in the future?

    All I am saying is that in 3 years time, if they ask for it back (as they retain the right to), what will you do? They also keep all our names and details on record for 7 years.

    I worry as I know I'm getting over £1000 in equipment, plus a couple of thousand each year in accommodation and printing costs.

    As a result, if the rules do change, I'm first in the list!

    I hope you get a better laptop soon and good luck for your course xx
 
 
 
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