Disabled Students’ Allowance – what’s available

You can get help with the cost of:

  • day-to-day costs of studying that are related to your disability. For example, photocopying costs.
  • specialist equipment. For example, a computer or disability-related software. Any equipment bought must have been included in the report from your Study Needs Assessment. If your Study Needs Assessment recommends that you need a computer or laptop, you will have to pay £200 towards it.  
  • a non-medical helper. For example, a British Sign Language interpreter. This person cannot be a friend or family member.


2021 to 2022 academic year

Full-time and part-time undergraduate students and postgraduate students can get up to £25,000 a year of DSA support.

2020 to 2021 academic year

Undergraduate Students

Support available  How much you can get  What it can pay for
General allowance Up to £1,954 Day-to-day costs of studying related to your disability
Specialist Equipment allowance Up to £5,849 Helps you get equipment you might need such as a computer or a disability-related software
Non-medical helper allowance Up to £23,258 Helps to pay for the additional costs of a non-medical helper
Travel allowance Unspecified Helps to cover travel costs relating to study that are needed because of a disability