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Procedure[edit]

Application process varies for students applying from England (Student Finance England), Scotland (Students Awards Agency for Scotland), Wales (Student Finance Wales), or Northern Ireland (Student Finance Northern Ireland).

To those living in the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey) or Isle of Man, get in touch with the education authority.

To help you inquire about how you can apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) in your country you may use the contact information below.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Proof of your eligibility:
    • Disabilities or long-term health condition: Report or letter from your doctor or consultant
    • Mental-health condition: Report or letter from your doctor or consultant - you can also fill in the Mental Health Evidence form
    • Specific learning difficulty like dyslexia: A diagnostic assessment from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher - youll need to get reassessed if you had this done when you were under 16

Note: The processing officer/disability adviser may ask for additional documents to be submitted.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

England[edit]

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington DL1 9HJ

Telephone: 0300 100 0607
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm

Textphone: 0300 100 0622
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm


Scotland[edit]

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EDINBURGH
EH11 3UT

The number you should call will depend on your course type or where you are studying. Contact numbers - details

Website


Wales[edit]

Student Finance Wales
Telephone 0300 200 4050
Minicom 0300 100 1693

Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Sunday Closed

PO Box 211
Llandudno Junction,
LL30 9FU

Website


Northern Ireland[edit]

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Telephone Enquiries

  • Phone: 0300 100 0077
  • Minicom: 0300 100 0625 You must have access to a Minicom device in order to use this service

Opening hours
Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Website


Channel Islands[edit]

Jersey

Student Finance
Phone: 01534 449450
Fax: 01534 447420
Email: [email protected]

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Careers Jersey
Philip Le Feuvre House
La Motte Street
St Helier
Jersey
JE4 8PE

Website


Guernsey

Education Department
PO BOX 32
Grange Road
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 3AU
Channel Islands

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 01481 733000
Fax: +44 714475

Website


Isle of Man[edit]

Education and Children

Head Office:
Hamilton House
Peel Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 5EZ

Telephone: +44 1624 685808 or +44 1624 693838

Website



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Eligibility[edit]

Higher education students living in England, can apply for a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) if they have a disability, including a:

  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty, eg. dyslexia

Applicants must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.


Applicants must also:

  • be an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
  • have a condition that affects their ability to study
  • qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
  • be studying on a course that lasts at least a year


You can not get DSAs if youre:

  • an EU student
  • eligible for an NHS Disabled Students Allowance (this is a separate scheme)
  • getting equivalent support from another funding source, eg from your university or a social work bursary


Your course must be in the UK and one of the following:

  • a first degree, eg BA, BSc or BEd
  • a Foundation Degree
  • a Certificate of Higher Education
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • a postgraduate course
  • Initial Teacher Training

Get in touch with your university or college to ask if your course is recognised.


Part-time course intensity

For part-time students, your course intensity can affect how much you get.

Course intensity means how long your course takes to complete each year compared to an equivalent full-time course. You can check course intensity with your university or college.

The rules are different depending on when your course begins.

Part-time courses starting before 1 September 2012: Your course must not last more than twice as long as the equivalent full-time course.

Part-time courses starting from 1 September 2012: You must study at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year. The course must last at least a year.



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Instructions[edit]

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs): Paid on top of your other student finance. DSAs will help you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability. They dont have to be repaid. The amount you will get depends on your individual needs - not your household income. If youre a part-time student your course intensity can affect how much you get.

Money is paid either into your bank account or directly to the organisation providing the service or equipment.



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2. City or County of Birth.



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External Links[edit]

  • GOV.UK:
https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas



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