Funding for Disabled Students

How to Apply

The process for applying for DSA differs depending on your level of course (postgraduate or undergraduate), details of course (full or part time), and funding provider. 

  • Undergraduates

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    First time applicants

    Students from the UK should apply for DSA from the same funding body they apply to for their main student funding, loans and bursaries, using the links in the table below. Please note the following:

    • Students applying for / who have already applied for student finance, who also want to apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs), are only required to complete the DSA1 slim form
    • Students applying for DSAs and no other form of student finance and part-time undergraduate students are required to complete the DSA1 full form
    • Please note: You will need to give your consent to share on the DSA1 form. To find more information about this, see our FAQs.
    Funding BodyHow to apply
    Student Finance England (SFE) You can download the DSA application form by visiting the Direct Gov website. The guidance booklet entitled Extra Help - Disabled Students' Allowance provides further details of Disabled Student's Allowance.
    Student Finance Wales (SFW) You can download the DSA application form by visiting SFW's website. The guidance booklet entitled Extra Help - Disabled Students' Allowance provides further details of Disabled Student's Allowance.
    Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) You can download the DSA application form by visiting SFNI website. The guidance booklet entitled Bridging the Gap provides further details of Disabled Student's Allowance.
    Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) You can download the DSA application form by visiting SAAS's website.
    NHS Bursaries Students studying a course funded by the NHS can find further information on how to apply from the NHS Business Authority website.

    Continuing undergraduate students

    • Continuing students who are applying for DSA's along with their main application for student finance should reapply for their main finance and indicate that they want their DSA support to continue.
    • DSA-only and part-time students need to reapply for DSA's each yearand should download and complete the full version of the DSA application form for each subsequent year of study (please see the table above for the relevant form).
    • You do not need to submit any medical evidence for returning years.
  • Postgraduate

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    Postgraduate students are required to apply for DSA each year and should download and complete the full version of the DSA application form for each subsequent year of study. Please note that you do not need to submit any medical evidence for returning years. Please see the table below for further details of how to apply for DSA via the relevant funding provider:

    Funding Body How to apply
    Student Finance England (SFE)

    You can download the DSA application form by visiting the Direct Gov website. The guidance booklet entitled Extra Help - Disabled Students' Allowance provides further details of Disabled Student's Allowance.

    Student Finance Wales (SFW)

    You can download the DSA application form by visiting SFW’s website.

    The guidance booklet entitled Extra help - Disabled Students' Allowance provides further details of Disabled Student’s Allowance.

    Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)

    You can download the DSA application form by visiting SFNI’s website

    The guidance booklet entitled Bridging the Gap provides further details of Disabled Student’s Allowance.

    Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) You can download the DSA application form by visiting SAAS’s website.
    NHS Bursaries Students studying a course funded by the NHS can find further information on how to apply from the NHS Business Authority website.
    Research Council Funded If you are funded by a Research Council and would like to apply for DSA, please contact the Disability Support Team with details of your funding council.