The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is a supplementary allowance available to UK domiciled students who incur additional expenditure because of their disability while undertaking a full-time higher education course. Disabled students undertaking a part-time course, which is at least 50% of a full-time equivalent higher education course, are also eligible for the DSA. The DSA is not means-tested but students must fulfil residence conditions.
Applications for the DSA must be sent to the student's funding authority. Scottish students should use the appropriate DSA application form provided by the Students' Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This can be downloaded from the SAAS website. Further details for English students are available from Student Finance England and for Irish students from the Higher Education Authority. Further information for students funded by the UK Research Councils is available on the Research Councils' DSA Information website.
All applications for the DSA must be endorsed by a member of staff at the student's institution. They must also include recent medical evidence (e.g. a doctor's letter) explaining the nature and extent of the student's disability. For dyslexic students, an up-to-date assessment by a Chartered Psychologist or a PATOSS qualified professional is usually required.