Laptop question - DSA Disabled Students AllowanceWatch
My degree/course states that we HAVE to have a Macbook with stated minimum specs due to the software that's required. I'm hoping to ask for a new laptop as my current laptop recently has died, has anyone been through a similar process? As I said my university says we have to have a MacBook, so surely DSA could provide one with the minimum specs?
also will I have to pay any £, cos I've seen online I may have to pay £200, if so is that it for a £1K laptop?
my uni states this as minimum laptop specs:
Operating System: Mac
Processor / CPU: i5/i7 quad core
Memory / RAM: 8GB/16GB
Storage: 256GB SSD
13/16" Macbook Pro i7, 16GB
DSA is only responsible for helping with disability related costs and needing a Macbook isn't related to your condition. The need for a Macbook is applicable to every student on your course, regardless of whether they have a disability/mental health condition etc... so it isn't the responsibility of the DSA service to fund this for you. Presumably you knew about this requirement prior to starting but, if you didn't, you should have a word with the university as that's a huge expense to drop on students unexpectedly.
As others have said, once you get a final DSA letter explaining what they'll contribute, you need to write back to them explaining that you want to purchase your own computer. They will then send you an updated letter confirming exactly how much money they will put towards the computer you want to buy. They should also reimburse you for insurance for the laptop for the duration of your course.