The Disabled Students' Allowance

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) can fund costs you might have as a direct result of your disability whilst studying. This might include assistive technology, specialist support workers, equipment, and a contribution towards travel or consumable costs.

Below is more information about the DSA and a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

The DSA process changed on 26 February 2024 for students applying through Student Finance England and Student Finance Wales. The information below is guidance on the new process. If you are a student who applied before 26 February 2024 and you have an issue with your DSA please see the useful links section.


Learn about what DSA is and if you are eligible

Watch our video or read through our guide to find out more about the DSA and the support available


A step-by-step guide on applying for DSA

We recommend you apply for DSA as early as possible, including ahead of the start of your course as it takes on average 14 weeks to complete the application process


DSA: Find Your Way

This site gives you a detailed, step by step guide to applying for the DSA, being assessed and taking up the support - including a video, visual guides on where to find the DSA application forms, advice on how to prepare for the assessment, what to do after, what terminology is used throughout the process and more.

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