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Hi if I have submitted dsa forms yo student finance they said will take few days and will do assessment why do I need that as I'm already suffering back pain was awarded pip and do they pay together with student finance or seperate?
Original post by sheminaajab
Hi if I have submitted dsa forms yo student finance they said will take few days and will do assessment why do I need that as I'm already suffering back pain was awarded pip and do they pay together with student finance or seperate?

You do not get money via DSA but instead support in the form of technology and adaptive add ons such as ergonomic mouse and assistive software. Also you can get mentoring and study support funded but that's mainly aimed at those with autism and mental health issues. DSA is separate to pip and has a different criteria to get compared to pip and is funded differently via student finance whereas pip is funded via the dwp. Therefor you need to have an assessment for DSA to establish what support you can get eligible for and the assessor will offer support that DSA can fund. I have just had my dsa support approved yesterday and I applied on march 14th. It took around 6 weeks total from first submitting medical evidence and the application form to get to this point. I am now waiting for the suppler to be in contact to arrange to have the tech delivered which will take another week or two. Overall it takes awhile to get DSA but it is not very hard to get and it's a much nicer process compared to applying to pip.
I've just been told I'm eligible for DSA and been told to book my study needs assessment does this mean that I will get DSA? like to pay for my accommodation?
Original post by ayush3005
I've just been told I'm eligible for DSA and been told to book my study needs assessment does this mean that I will get DSA? like to pay for my accommodation?

Yes you will get it. However they don’t pay for accommodation. They only cover things related to studying at university that are needed due to a disability such as tech, assistive software, and study mentoring. The maintenance loan is supposed to cover accommodation costs.
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Original post by Thatclimbingirl
You do not get money via DSA but instead support in the form of technology and adaptive add ons such as ergonomic mouse and assistive software. Also you can get mentoring and study support funded but that's mainly aimed at those with autism and mental health issues. DSA is separate to pip and has a different criteria to get compared to pip and is funded differently via student finance whereas pip is funded via the dwp. Therefor you need to have an assessment for DSA to establish what support you can get eligible for and the assessor will offer support that DSA can fund. I have just had my dsa support approved yesterday and I applied on march 14th. It took around 6 weeks total from first submitting medical evidence and the application form to get to this point. I am now waiting for the suppler to be in contact to arrange to have the tech delivered which will take another week or two. Overall it takes awhile to get DSA but it is not very hard to get and it's a much nicer process compared to applying to pip.

I know about pip I have had it before they said few days to approve its been done faster than expected Ted and they do give funding direct to you or to the organisation that supports.
To the supplier of the support gets the money. With DSA zero money lands in your bank account.
This is the key bit -> You need to have an assessment for DSA to establish what support you may need - including any products that can be bought for you to help you manage your disability at university. The assessor will offer support that DSA can fund, and writes a report to the university stating what support they need to provide as well.

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