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    Got a question about Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)? Ask our expert, Emma.

    Emma has worked in Student Finance England’s DSAs team for four years. As a taxi account manager, she also arranges travel support supplied through DSAs.

    Please be aware all answers will be posted on Thursday 9 February.
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    Hi,

    I have chronics disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease that has and still creates difficulties for me, such as having severe stomach aches, and other symptoms. I am an EU student. Will I be able for any disabled funding, even though I am applying for a tuition fee loan?
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    Hi, I have enrolled on an Open University BA honours degree in environmental science, part time and need funding.
    I am at present on ESA and DLA . I'm
    long term disabled. If I claim funding for my course will my benefit be affected.
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    I'm trying to fill in my disabled students allowance form for my student finance. It is asking me for funding body and dates etc for previous funding I have had from them. All the information I have is from after i€ have my Education psychologist test and about the equipment I was going to be provided with back in 2010 when I was at university last time. Is this what they are asking for? Because I don't remember applying for anything else.
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    I am moderately dyslexic and thinking about applying for a DSA for IT support and extra time. However I would need to get an up to date ed pysch report, have been quoted £625 for this. Can anyone advise on the likely value of the allowance for someone in my position AND as it is time consuming getting the assement done can I defer making the application for a DSA until the summer? many thanks
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    Morning.
    Just wondering how long it takes usually for a DSA application to be processed?
    Yes my forms were checked and signed by uni and ed psych report included!
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by busranergiz)
    Hi,

    I have chronics disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease that has and still creates difficulties for me, such as having severe stomach aches, and other symptoms. I am an EU student. Will I be able for any disabled funding, even though I am applying for a tuition fee loan?

    Hi there,

    Your eligibility for DSA is dependent on a variety of residency factors. Unfortunately this thread relates to the additional support that you can get for your disability, rather than the eligibility aspects of your course. The best thing to do would be to discuss your query with my colleague who is hosting a web chat later today 12:00 – 13:00 called ‘Student finance for EU student’.

    Hope this is of some help,


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    (Original post by paterjack pip)
    Hi, I have enrolled on an Open University BA honours degree in environmental science, part time and need funding.
    I am at present on ESA and DLA . I'm
    long term disabled. If I claim funding for my course will my benefit be affected.
    Hi there,

    Unfortunately this thread is relates to additional support that you can get for your disability directly from Student Finance only, so I would be unable to advise you on the affects to your benefits.

    In terms of the potential support you could receive from us to help as part of your course, we may be able to offer support with additional costs such as; specialist equipment that you might need, additional human support, as well as potential travel. For further information about what support you may be eligible to receive, please visit: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance and select ‘resources’ to review our DSA Quick Start Guide and Extra Help – Disabled Student’s Allowances.

    We'd suggest that you apply for DSA for your course as soon as the applications open. You can find all of the information about how to apply here: www.gov.uk/studentfinancesteps



    Hope this helps.

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    (Original post by CJ)
    Posted on behalf of emzMarie

    I'm trying to fill in my disabled students allowance form for my student finance. It is asking me for funding body and dates etc for previous funding I have had from them. All the information I have is from after i€ have my Education psychologist test and about the equipment I was going to be provided with back in 2010 when I was at university last time. Is this what they are asking for? Because I don't remember applying for anything else.
    thanks
    Hi there,

    Which section of the application form is this in? I've had a look through the application but have been unable to locate this section. This was a question within one of our old forms, so you may be looking at a previous application. If you'd like a copy of our most recent form please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance

    Hope this helps.

    Emma
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    (Original post by sempson)
    I am moderately dyslexic and thinking about applying for a DSA for IT support and extra time. However I would need to get an up to date ed pysch report, have been quoted £625 for this. Can anyone advise on the likely value of the allowance for someone in my position AND as it is time consuming getting the assement done can I defer making the application for a DSA until the summer? many thanks
    Hi there,

    The value of each students allowance differs depending on their individual needs. Until you have attended something call a Study Needs Assessment (which comes after you have submitted medical evidence) we would be unable to advise exactly how much the allowance will be.

    In terms of deferring your application, there is a 9 month limit whereby you will need to apply within the first 9 months of the academic year you are wanting to apply for. If you were to wait until the Summer to apply, you may not be able to apply retrospectively for this academic year. For further information please visit: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance and select ‘resources’ to review our DSA Quick Start Guide and Extra Help – Disabled Student’s Allowances.

    We'd suggest that you apply for DSA for your course as soon as possible. You can find all of the information about how to apply here: www.gov.uk/studentfinancesteps

    Hope this helps.

    Emma
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    (Original post by Loupylou116)
    Morning.
    Just wondering how long it takes usually for a DSA application to be processed?
    Yes my forms were checked and signed by uni and ed psych report included!
    Thanks!
    Hi there,

    The time it takes for your initial application to be assessed varies as it depends how many applications we have recently received. We do aim however, to look at all applications and evidence within 10 working days.

    For further information please visit: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance and select ‘resources’ to review our DSA Quick Start Guide and Extra Help – Disabled Student’s Allowances.

    Hope this helps.

    Emma
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    A huge thanks to Emma for again taking the time out to answer all your questions. Take a look at what else is happening over on our homepage - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/con...oney-Week-2017 - and stay part of the conversation.

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