Disabled Students’ Allowance – Study Needs Assessment

If you’re eligible for DSA we may ask you to arrange a Study Needs Assessment to find out exactly what equipment and support you might need for your course.

This is an informal meeting with an experienced Needs Assessor to discuss what equipment and support will help you get the most from your course.

A needs assessment is different from a diagnostic assessment, which is used as evidence of dyslexia. Even if you’ve had a diagnostic assessment, you must also have a needs assessment.

You should only book a needs assessment if we tell you to. To find your nearest approved needs assessment centre, go to www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-assessment-centre.

Your study needs assessment

After you contact the assessment centre:

  •  they’ll confirm your booking within 1 working day
  •  your appointment should take place within 15 working days
  • Student Finance England should receive the final report within 10 working days

You can review your report before it’s sent to Student Finance England – if you choose to do this, you’ll receive your report within 5 working days of your assessment.