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How to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)


The process for applying for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) differs between the four nations of the United Kingdom. Select from the links for the nation that applies to you.

You'll need to have evidence of your disability or condition before you can apply. You may need to pay for these tests or letters to prove you qualify. You should also check you are eligible by reading the information on eligibility for a DSA.

If you have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia or dyspraxia for example) you'll need to provide a full diagnostic assessment. The Open University (OU) has a fund to help UK students with the cost of a diagnostic assessment - full details and an application form for funds for study-related costs are in Bursaries, scholarships and grants from the OU if relevant to your nation.

A DSA is not available for apprenticeship students. Apprentices should speak to their employer about Access to Work.

Last updated 5 months ago