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    Got a question about what extra help you can get if you’ve got a disability? Our experts are here to help.

    Please be aware all answers will be posted on Tuesday 13 February.
    where can I find out more about the DSA?

    How much can you receive?

    What paperwork is needed?
    and
    Who eligible?
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    Does the amount disabled students allowance depend on the disability? Do you have to provide medical proof of this disability to receive the allowance?

    If so, what sort? Do you receive more disabled students allowance if you have more than one disability?

    How much can you receive?

    Can the allowance be used for anything of the student's choosing or is the allowance automatically paid to somewhere deemed useful by the government?
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    where can I find out more about the DSA?
    (Original post by Actuvia)

    How much can you receive?

    What paperwork is needed?
    and
    Who eligible?


    Hi there,

    Thanks for the question there is lots of useful information about DSA on the direct.gov site - https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

    The way that the allowance works is that, once you have applied and been made eligible, you attend a meeting with an expert and they will make recommendations of the type of support that you need. You don't receive a particular amount of funding but we will be able to pay funding on your behalf to suppliers of equipment or support.

    To apply you can either submit an application form to us: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim
    or if you are applying online for your standard package of student finance you can apply online for DSA too.

    Along with the application we will need evidence of your disability - it depends what your disability is to the type of evidence we need. https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/eligibility

    To be eligible you would need to have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a:
    • learning difficulty, for example dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD
    • mental health condition like anxiety or depression
    • physical disability, for example if you’re partially sighted or have to use crutches
    • long-term health condition such as cancer, chronic heart disease or HIV

    You must also:
    • be an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
    • qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
    • be studying on a course that lasts at least a year

    I really hope that answers your questions - if you would like any other information please ask.
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    Does the amount disabled students allowance depend on the disability? Do you have to provide medical proof of this disability to receive the allowance?

    If so, what sort? Do you receive more disabled students allowance if you have more than one disability?

    How much can you receive?

    Can the allowance be used for anything of the student's choosing or is the allowance automatically paid to somewhere deemed useful by the government?
    Hi there,

    Thank you for your questions.

    We will need you to submit evidence of your disability to make you eligible for DSA. The type of evidence we need will depend on the condition or conditions you want to apply for. You can find more information about what we would need here: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students...as/eligibility

    The amount of support you can have funded via DSA will be based on your specific needs which you will be able to talk through with a specialist once we have made you eligible for support. There are maximum allowances available to students (https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas) these are based on the type of course that you are on, rather than the number of disabilities that you have. Most students don't need to use up to those maximum amounts though.

    The specialist that you meet with will make recommendations to us about they types of support you need and we will let you know what companies you need to contact to get it arranged. In most cases the support needs to be provided by companies that are registered with us - this allows us to make sure you are getting the right support that you need to help you on your course.

    I hope that I've answered your questions - if you want to know anything else please ask.
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