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Do I need to reapply for DSA every year?

TLDR; I'm planning to reapply for DSA as soon as possible as I applied in mid August and given the holiday season and Royal Mail Christmas strikes I don't think I'll have access to my assiative tech til January. I know you have to reapply every Yr if (like me) you're applying for DSA only and not a loan from student finance, but the assitive tech I've been recommended is for the duration of my 4 Yr foundation year undergraduate degree and I saw the year 1 timetable briefly and my taxi/mileage allowance shouldn't br affected (mileage allownce covers 4 returns journeys per wk for 30 weeks, I'm in foundation yr and I believe next semester I'm only going in 2 days a week w lectures the whole of one day and the morning of the other instead of the morning of 3 days a week like has been so far. I saw the Y1 timetable and I think I get 1 day a week off, so 4 return journeys a week)
So I'm not 100% sure whether I'd have to reapply for DSA every yr given my assitive tech is all valid for the duration of my 4 yr course and as far as I know my taxi/milage allowance shouldn't be changing from foundation yr to y1
Anyone been in this situation?


I'm planning on reapplying for DSA incredibly early this year, as soon as I finish for summer on the 9th of June (last day of semester 3) as I applied in mid August , have handed in an assignment already, have 2 more due to be submitted online by the 16th and 19th Dec, and won't have my assistive technology and equipment until after Christmas (Applied 18th August, got my acceptance letter on the 14th September as they take 10 working days to answer. I had started to apply for student loan as I thought you needed a student loan to apply for DSA way back, then when I filled in the form I said I'm not applying for a student loan and they took 10 working days to pick up on this - 30th Aug, then 10 working days to send me an acceptance letter on the 14th Sept.

Had my needs assessment on the 19th September over Zoom, got my needs report on the 1st October, then it took until the 22nd October for them to decide what to fund, and the 25th for me to see the email since I'd given permission for the needs assessors to contact the suppliers on my behalf. Luckily I was able to get my specialist mentoring/study skills remote support set up, almost immediately after that, which has been extremely helpful in helping me working on my essays (sentence structure, time management, how to plan etc). I ended up calling the assistive tech suppliers on the 27th October (who are also supplying a microphone and a laptop case) as I needed to remove the laptop from the quote as I had decided to buy my upgrade anyway (my old Mac was dying and I wasn't sure if it would last until I got this sorted so I went and upgraded it). They said to contact DSA to remove the laptop from the quote, and I emailed them about 10 mins later. They said they take 10 working days to respond, but they took 16 working days, only replying on the 18th November, telling me they had to reach out to my needs assessor to get an updated quote which took another 9 working days which was received on December 1st. On the 2nd the supplier for my assistive tech contacted me asking me to confirm whether I use a Mac or PC (I'd told them a Mac on the phone) and for my address. Replied on the 6th as I wasn't sure whether they wanted my home or uni address so gave both. They emailed saying a member of the purchasing team will be in touch within 10 working days (I bet it will be much longer) AKA 20th Dec to arrange a delivery date (for web/computer program based software? I'm guessing that means instant download/delivery with the licence keys. Some of the things recommended are software which I'm paying for myself - the note taking software as I used to free trial to learn to take notes at the beginning of term and I needed access for my essay. The mic amd laptop case J can understand they need to deliver in person). Given the holiday season and the Royal Mail debacle - Christmas posting deadline for 2nd class, 2nd class signed for and Royal Mail 48h delivery was today, the deadline for 1st Class/Signed For, Royal Mail 24h and Royal Mail Tracked 48h is Friday 16th, and tracked 24 is Monday 19th - I doubt I'll get my mic amd laptop case til after Christmas. And I still need to contact the suppliers of the assistive training (same ones who organised my NMH) who emailed asking if I've recieved my equipment yet. I'm assuming by the time I get a response from the other supplier, she'll be taking her Christmas holiday leave?

Anyway, on to the actual question (sorry about all the long background info!)
I'm aware if you aren't applying for student fiance/a loan (like me; I'm really lucky my mum is paying my fees and I still live at home) you do have to reapply for DSA every year (without needing to give identification/proof of disability?)
However, some (not sure if all) of the assistive tech DSA have granted me access to is longer than a year; for example I get a 4 Yr academic licence (the length of my course) for Grammarly Premium and course long access to FindMyFlow to enable me to refresh how to use the software if I forget (which makes me think all my software is for the length of the 4 yr course, not factoring in a potential additional placement yr I'm thinking of doing. But I don't think I'll need the software for that). The only thing I can think might change is the ad hoc taxi allownce/full time mileage allownce I get (I can't use public transport alone, don't drive and don't really leave the house alone without an adult so my mum drives me to and from the uni. The ad hoc taxi allowance is when she can't make it, for example if she had a prior commitment and then my lecture was rescheduled with short notice) only bc right now it assumes 8 single journeys a week (ie return journeys 4 days a week) for up to 30 weeks in the year. The uni screwed up initially when I switched course and forgot to put me on foundation year so before that was sorted I saw mt year 1 timetable which I think has a day off a week so that shouldn't matter....
Original post by Agiwghthtwtbey
TLDR; I'm planning to reapply for DSA as soon as possible as I applied in mid August and given the holiday season and Royal Mail Christmas strikes I don't think I'll have access to my assiative tech til January. I know you have to reapply every Yr if (like me) you're applying for DSA only and not a loan from student finance, but the assitive tech I've been recommended is for the duration of my 4 Yr foundation year undergraduate degree and I saw the year 1 timetable briefly and my taxi/mileage allowance shouldn't br affected (mileage allownce covers 4 returns journeys per wk for 30 weeks, I'm in foundation yr and I believe next semester I'm only going in 2 days a week w lectures the whole of one day and the morning of the other instead of the morning of 3 days a week like has been so far. I saw the Y1 timetable and I think I get 1 day a week off, so 4 return journeys a week)
So I'm not 100% sure whether I'd have to reapply for DSA every yr given my assitive tech is all valid for the duration of my 4 yr course and as far as I know my taxi/milage allowance shouldn't be changing from foundation yr to y1
Anyone been in this situation?


I'm planning on reapplying for DSA incredibly early this year, as soon as I finish for summer on the 9th of June (last day of semester 3) as I applied in mid August , have handed in an assignment already, have 2 more due to be submitted online by the 16th and 19th Dec, and won't have my assistive technology and equipment until after Christmas (Applied 18th August, got my acceptance letter on the 14th September as they take 10 working days to answer. I had started to apply for student loan as I thought you needed a student loan to apply for DSA way back, then when I filled in the form I said I'm not applying for a student loan and they took 10 working days to pick up on this - 30th Aug, then 10 working days to send me an acceptance letter on the 14th Sept.

Had my needs assessment on the 19th September over Zoom, got my needs report on the 1st October, then it took until the 22nd October for them to decide what to fund, and the 25th for me to see the email since I'd given permission for the needs assessors to contact the suppliers on my behalf. Luckily I was able to get my specialist mentoring/study skills remote support set up, almost immediately after that, which has been extremely helpful in helping me working on my essays (sentence structure, time management, how to plan etc). I ended up calling the assistive tech suppliers on the 27th October (who are also supplying a microphone and a laptop case) as I needed to remove the laptop from the quote as I had decided to buy my upgrade anyway (my old Mac was dying and I wasn't sure if it would last until I got this sorted so I went and upgraded it). They said to contact DSA to remove the laptop from the quote, and I emailed them about 10 mins later. They said they take 10 working days to respond, but they took 16 working days, only replying on the 18th November, telling me they had to reach out to my needs assessor to get an updated quote which took another 9 working days which was received on December 1st. On the 2nd the supplier for my assistive tech contacted me asking me to confirm whether I use a Mac or PC (I'd told them a Mac on the phone) and for my address. Replied on the 6th as I wasn't sure whether they wanted my home or uni address so gave both. They emailed saying a member of the purchasing team will be in touch within 10 working days (I bet it will be much longer) AKA 20th Dec to arrange a delivery date (for web/computer program based software? I'm guessing that means instant download/delivery with the licence keys. Some of the things recommended are software which I'm paying for myself - the note taking software as I used to free trial to learn to take notes at the beginning of term and I needed access for my essay. The mic amd laptop case J can understand they need to deliver in person). Given the holiday season and the Royal Mail debacle - Christmas posting deadline for 2nd class, 2nd class signed for and Royal Mail 48h delivery was today, the deadline for 1st Class/Signed For, Royal Mail 24h and Royal Mail Tracked 48h is Friday 16th, and tracked 24 is Monday 19th - I doubt I'll get my mic amd laptop case til after Christmas. And I still need to contact the suppliers of the assistive training (same ones who organised my NMH) who emailed asking if I've recieved my equipment yet. I'm assuming by the time I get a response from the other supplier, she'll be taking her Christmas holiday leave?

Anyway, on to the actual question (sorry about all the long background info!)
I'm aware if you aren't applying for student fiance/a loan (like me; I'm really lucky my mum is paying my fees and I still live at home) you do have to reapply for DSA every year (without needing to give identification/proof of disability?)
However, some (not sure if all) of the assistive tech DSA have granted me access to is longer than a year; for example I get a 4 Yr academic licence (the length of my course) for Grammarly Premium and course long access to FindMyFlow to enable me to refresh how to use the software if I forget (which makes me think all my software is for the length of the 4 yr course, not factoring in a potential additional placement yr I'm thinking of doing. But I don't think I'll need the software for that). The only thing I can think might change is the ad hoc taxi allownce/full time mileage allownce I get (I can't use public transport alone, don't drive and don't really leave the house alone without an adult so my mum drives me to and from the uni. The ad hoc taxi allowance is when she can't make it, for example if she had a prior commitment and then my lecture was rescheduled with short notice) only bc right now it assumes 8 single journeys a week (ie return journeys 4 days a week) for up to 30 weeks in the year. The uni screwed up initially when I switched course and forgot to put me on foundation year so before that was sorted I saw mt year 1 timetable which I think has a day off a week so that shouldn't matter....

Hi!
I am not in your situation, but from how it has worked with my disability and for other people I know who have also applied for DSA, you do have to reapply each year. Usually it would be when you apply for the student loan, but in your case you would just have to apply for it on its own around the same time. The earlier in the year you can do it would be better as SFE does take a while to process things sometimes, to allow for everything to be in place for the academic year.
I hope that somewhat helps!
Evie

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