A Guide to The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) can fund costs you might have as a direct result of your disability whilst studying. It can be a really beneficial way to support you through university.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide to DSA where you can find out more information about each step.

A step-by-step guide to the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)


1. Learn about what DSA is and if you are eligible

We encourage you to apply for DSA as soon as possible. You can apply before you come to university so that the support is in place at the start of your course.


2. Apply for DSA with evidence of your disability

It can take up to 6 to 8 weeks after you have applied for DSA to hear back if you are eligible.


3. Book and attend a Study Needs Assessment

If eligible for DSA, contact your preferred Assessment Centre as soon as possible. Each Assessment Centre will display their waiting times for a Study Needs Assessment on their websites.


4. Put your entitled DSA support in place

It can take up to 10 working days after the funding body receives your Study Needs Assessment report to find out what support you are entitled to from DSA.

Useful links

Take a look at our useful links to support you in applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance and in arranging your support, including access to the application and evidence forms and links to further information.

Contact us

For any further support or queries, please get in touch with Disability Services at disability@hud.ac.uk.