Types of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

There are three allowances which make up the DSA (note: rates are for SAAS funded students):

  1. Basic Allowance - up to £1,725 per annum in session 2020/2021 (pro rata for part-time students).

    This is an annual allowance to cover the costs of general expenditure such as paper, ink cartridges and small items of equipment.

  2. Large Items of Equipment Allowance - up to £5,160 for the course duration in session 2020/2021.

    The maximum available for this allowance is set at the time of the student's initial claim to cover the cost of major items of equipment such as a computer, a scanner or assistive software for the duration of the student's course. If the item/s cost more than the maximum allowed then any unused portion of the Basic Allowance can be used for this purpose.

  3. Non-Medical Personal Help Allowance - up to £20,520 per annum in session 2020/2021 (pro rata for part-time students).

    This is an annual allowance to cover the cost of non-medical personal assistance such as readers, scribes or sign language interpreters. It is usually paid in instalments. If the assistance costs more than the maximum allowed then any unused portion of the Basic Allowance can be used for this purpose.

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