Disabled Students Allowance
Disabled Students’ Allowances provide extra financial help for Students who have a disability or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia. They are available on top of the standard student finance package and don’t have to be repaid. This page is an introduction to what is available if you live in England, the geographical area covered by Sight and Sound Technology as an accredited provider of services. Sight and Sound Technology are audited and accredited by the DSA – QAG (Quality Assurance Group), further information is available at www.dsa-qag.org.uk
Disabled Student Allowances are there to provide a level playing field for those with disability
Disabled Students’ Allowances are grants to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty. They are aimed at helping disabled people to study on an equal basis with other students. Eligible full-time, part-time and postgraduate students can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances. The amount you get doesn’t depend on your household income. Disabled Students’ Allowances are paid on top of the standard student finance package, and don’t have to be paid back.
What can a DSA Grant be used for?
Disabled Students’ Allowances can help pay for:
- Specialist equipment you need for studying – for example, computer software.
- A non-medical helper, such as a note-taker or reader.
- Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability.
- Other costs – for example, tapes or Braille paper.
You can apply if you are doing:
- A full-time course that lasts at least one year (including a distance-learning course).
- A part-time course that lasts at least one year and doesn’t take more than twice as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course (including a distance-learning course).
Checking that you’re eligible for student finance
To apply for financial help through Disabled Students’ Allowances, both you and your course must meet some other conditions. It’s worth checking these before you make your application.
Follow this link from the DirectGov web site for more information. Eligibility for student finance (general education and learning section)
Getting proof of your disability or specific learning difficulty
To apply, you will have to show evidence of your disability.
If you have an impairment, medical condition, illness or a mental health condition, you will need to provide medical proof of this – for example, a letter from an appropriate medical professional.
If you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you must provide evidence in the form of a ‘diagnostic assessment’ from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. If you have had a diagnostic assessment in the past, it may need to be updated.
You will have to pay for any tests to establish your eligibility for Disabled Students’ Allowances. If you need a test but cannot afford to pay for it, you may be able to get financial help through your university or college’s Access to Learning Fund.
Who doesn’t qualify?
If you are eligible for a bursary from the NHS, you do not qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances from Student Finance England or your local authority. You can, however, apply for equivalent help through the NHS bursary scheme. You also won’t qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances from Student Finance England or your local authority if you’re a postgraduate student getting:
- A research council bursary or award.
- A social work bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority that includes equivalent support.
- A bursary or award from your college or university that includes equivalent support.
You should contact the provider of your bursary or award for advice on any extra support you may be entitled to because of a disability.
If you require more information, then contact your local DSA Assessment Centre, information and contact details are available from the DSA-QAG website at www.dsa-qag.org.uk
If you require more information regarding the Disabled Students’ Allowance or you need to make contact regarding a DSA equipment or training order that has been placed with Sight and Sound Technology then you can contact us in the following ways:
- By telephone: 0345 634 7979
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send Feedback
- By post: DSA Enquiries, Sight and Sound Technology Limited Welton House North Wing Summerhouse Road Moulton Park Northampton NN3 6WD
Opening Hours except Bank Holidays) – Monday – Friday; 9am – 5.30pm
DSA Order Delivery
Our target is to deliver DSA Equipment orders within 10 working days from receipt of your order.