Does applying for DSA lead to a decrease in maintenance loans?

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I'm starting my first year at uni this autumn and have been having various difficulties with the whole student finance system, most of which have now been resolved however my maintenance loan that I'd been offered for my first year was still over £1000 pounds less than what the student finance calculator suggested that I should get. Having spoke to Student Finance England I was told that this was because I'd applied for the Disabled students allowance, which I had no idea would affect the maintenance loan. I've researched it a bit afterwars and I couldn't find any information about how and why this works. Has anyone here also had there maintenance loan reduced due to applying for the DSA and can anyone explain how it works?
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My daughter has applied for DSA and maintenance and has received both. You don’t actually receive money for DSA, just help for funding towards specialist equipment etc. It has all been set up and this has not affected her maintenance loan.
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No, the two processes are separate. Also as above DSA is not paid to you directly, rather you have a needs assessment with the accessibility/disability resources team at your uni, your needs and any equipment required to support those are agreed, and the uni then receives the money from SFE to purchase that equipment. So you don't need to worry about it affecting your maintenance loan and really you don't need to worry about it too much at all - just make the application, go to your needs assessment, and the uni should sort out the rest

(of course exactly how effective your uni will be at sorting it out can vary - you might need to chase them up if things are taking a while!)
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No, the two processes are separate. Also as above DSA is not paid to you directly, rather you have a needs assessment with the accessibility/disability resources team at your uni, your needs and any equipment required to support those are agreed, and the uni then receives the money from SFE to purchase that equipment. So you don't need to worry about it affecting your maintenance loan and really you don't need to worry about it too much at all - just make the application, go to your needs assessment, and the uni should sort out the rest

(of course exactly how effective your uni will be at sorting it out can vary - you might need to chase them up if things are taking a while!)
Thanks for your reply, from what I'm hearing the DSA should have no impact on my maintenance loan that the processes are separate, my biggest problem now is that the maintenance loan I'm getting is a lot less than what I should have according to maintenance loan calculators and when I phoned up student finance they said that it was because of the DSA that the loan had been decreased, do you have an idea of what's going on here
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No! DSA isnt even money paid to you anyway you will never get a single pence in your account from it because it goes to the university to help pay for any extra equipment or extra support (like a note taker) you might need


Student Finance England is your best bet to ask if your maintenance loan is lower than you think it should be SFE Isaac is really helpful
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Thanks for your reply, from what I'm hearing the DSA should have no impact on my maintenance loan that the processes are separate, my biggest problem now is that the maintenance loan I'm getting is a lot less than what I should have according to maintenance loan calculators and when I phoned up student finance they said that it was because of the DSA that the loan had been decreased, do you have an idea of what's going on here
Sounds like you got through to a contact centre being contracted by SFE who are temporary and don't know how it works...I'd suggest asking in the "Ask Student Finance England" forum on here or DMing them on Twitter, as both platforms are manned by the permanent staff from their head office in Darlington who know the processes very well.

I suspect what has actually happened is, normally students are immediately assessed for the minimum loan amount to ensure all students get something when they start. Those students who are eligible for higher loan amounts will then continue being assessed for that higher amount and once SFE have finished assessing them, the loan amount on their website will update (and they may send you a new entitlement letter to confirm as well).
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I'm starting my first year at uni this autumn and have been having various difficulties with the whole student finance system, most of which have now been resolved however my maintenance loan that I'd been offered for my first year was still over £1000 pounds less than what the student finance calculator suggested that I should get. Having spoke to Student Finance England I was told that this was because I'd applied for the Disabled students allowance, which I had no idea would affect the maintenance loan. I've researched it a bit afterwars and I couldn't find any information about how and why this works. Has anyone here also had there maintenance loan reduced due to applying for the DSA and can anyone explain how it works?
Hi, your Maintenance Loan doesn't/can't get reduced due to applying for DSA.

We will need to review your account to find out what has happened. Please could you send us a message on Twitter/Facebook with your Name + CRN and myself or a colleague will review your account.

Twitter DM Link from Public - http://ow.ly/4Em330nPlau

FB link to Private http://m.me/SFEngland

Thanks, Isaac
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Hi, your Maintenance Loan doesn't/can't get reduced due to applying for DSA.

We will need to review your account to find out what has happened. Please could you send us a message on Twitter/Facebook with your Name + CRN and myself or a colleague will review your account.

Twitter DM Link from Public - http://ow.ly/4Em330nPlau

FB link to Private http://m.me/SFEngland

Thanks, Isaac
Thanks for your response I'll send a Twitter DM now, and hopefully we'll be able to sort things out
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