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Students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, mental-health conditions or specific learning difficulties

If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty you may be entitled able to get financial help while studying. For help on how to apply and what support is available take a look at Student Finance England's (SFE) key steps to applying for Disabled Students' Allowances

What is it? What's it for? Who can get it? How do I get it?
Disabled Students Allowances Helps with the additional costs you may face due to your disability You must be a student who is:


On a full-time or part-time undergraduate course (for example, a degree or HND-level course) including the Open University and other distance-learning courses

Or
On an eligible full-time or part-time postgraduate course (which you need a degree or equivalent qualification to get onto), including the Open Univeristy and other distance learning courses
And
Have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty which affects your ability to study.

You apply for DSAs when making your main student finance application. It's then given in addition to any other entitlements from SFE. You can also apply for DSA only and can find a form here



How to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)


Step 1: apply for DSAs

Apply for DSAs now - don't wait until you have your final place at university or college.

If you're a full-time student applying for other loans or grants from SFE you need to state on your application form that you wish to apply for DSAs. You'll then be sent a shortened version of the DSA application form (DSASL), that you'll need to fill in and return to SFE. You can also download the form at:

https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim

If you're only applying for DSAs and no other form of student finance, download the full application form (DSAF1) from the SFE website. Fill this in and return it to SFE.

If you're a part-time student applying for student finance you can apply for DSAs by downloading a shortened version of the DSA application form (DSASL):

https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim

Fill this in and return it to SFE.

If you're only applying for DSAs and no other form of student finance, download the long application form (DSA1F) from the SFE website. Fill this in and return it to SFE.


Step 2: Get your eligibility notification

If you're eligible for DSAs SFE will write and tell you to arrange a needs assessment to find out exactly what equipment and support you need.


Step 3: Book your needs assessment

You should book your assessment as soon as you get notification of your eligibility. To find your nearest approved needs assessment centre go to www.dsa-qag.org.uk


Step 4: Get your entitlement notification

Once SFE gets the results of your needs assessment, you'll be told if DSAs can pay for any specialist equipment and other support recommended in your needs assessment report. You'll also receive instructions for ordering equipment or arranging other support.


Step 5:

Order your equipment and arrange other support.


Step 6:

Start your course.

Learn more about Disabled Students' Allowances at Student Finance England

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