Disabled Students’ Allowance – How to apply

Full-time and part-time undergraduate students

Applications for 2024 to 2025 are now open!

You should apply as soon as possible to make sure your funding is in place for starting your course.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. If you’re applying for other student finance, such as a Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Loan, you’ll be able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) from your online account after you’ve submitted your main student finance application.

After you’ve applied for DSA, you’ll be told what evidence you need to submit to support your application if you applied online.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate applications are expected to open by the end of June.

You'll need to apply using a paper application form (DSA1). You’ll be able to download this from www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms.

Evidence

You won’t automatically get DSA - you need to give us your evidence. The application process for DSA can take around 14 weeks, so you should give us your evidence as early as possible to make sure you have everything you need ready for the start of your course.

If you have an online account, you should upload a digital copy through your student finance account.

If you don’t have an online account or applied on a paper form, you should send a copy of your evidence with your application or send it to us later by emailing our DSA team.

You can also post copies of your evidence, if you'd prefer. 

Condition

Evidence

Disability or long-term health condition

A copy of a report or letter from your doctor or consultant – or a copy of a disability evidence form completed by a medical professional. 

Mental-health condition

A copy of a report or letter from your doctor or consultant – or a copy of a disability evidence form completed by a medical professional.

Specific learning difficulty

A copy of a ‘diagnostic assessment’ from a Practitioner Psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher.