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How to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)

If you live in Scotland

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Please send your application electronically if possible rather than by post. This is to ensure we can process your application as quickly as possible.

You can submit a DSA application online. There are three steps to the process.

  1. Step 1

    Gather your supporting evidence to confirm your disability, health condition, or learning difficulty and save scanned copies saved to your computer. If your GP or medical professional is unsure what to provide, ask them to complete the Medical Evidence Proforma in the Downloads list on this page.

  2. Step 2

    Download the guidance notes and DSA application form from the Student Awards Agency Scotland website. Complete the form electronically and save to your computer.

  3. Step 3

    Complete our electronic submission form, remembering to attach your DSA application form and your medical evidence.

Documents to download

It's important when downloading the DSA form from the SAAS website that you select the correct form. Choose the form "DSA only application form for full-time, part-time, and distance learning students who are not applying for tuition fees and/or student loan".

Notes on completing the DSA application form

It's important to read the accompanying guidance notes on the SAAS website to help you complete their form.

  • If this is your first application for a DSA: complete all sections of the SAAS DSA form except G, J, and the bottom of section I.
  • If have previously received a DSA: complete sections A, B, F, H and the top of section I of the SAAS DSA form.
  • All students: sign and date the form on page 8 (Section H). This can be a typed signature.

Supporting evidence

If you are applying for a DSA for the first time, you'll need to provide supporting evidence along with your application. SAAS will accept diagnostic evidence which confirms your disability or medical condition from a qualified medical professional such as a GP, nurse, occupational therapist or consultant and what effects it would have on study.

We can help cover the cost of medical evidence if your GP says there is a charge. If you need to pay upfront email scotland@open.ac.uk. If you've already paid and have a receipt, scan it and send it to us with your application.

If you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you'll need to provide your diagnostic assessment report as evidence to support your application. If you don't currently have one, contact us as soon as possible and we may be able to help.

If you have previously received a DSA, you do not need to submit new evidence unless your needs are being reassessed.

If you need advice about applying

You can contact us for advice about applying by emailing scotland-support@open.ac.uk (put your PI number in the subject box) or call 0131 226 3851.

Complete the online submission form

Submit your DSA application and evidence to us

If you’re not able to use the electronic submission form, you can post your documents to:

Student Recruitment and Support
The Open University in Scotland
10 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh
EH3 7QJ

What happens next

We'll check and endorse your documents before sending them electronically to SAAS within 21 days. We may contact you if we need further information.

Once we've sent your application to SAAS, we'll email you to let you know what the next steps are.

If this is the first time you are applying, the process will normally take around three months to complete.

Last updated 2 weeks ago