Introduction to DSA

According to the gov.uk website if you are a student:

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

This can be on its own or in addition to any student finance you get.

The type of support and how much you get depends on your individual needs – not your household income.

2022 to 2023 academic year

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can get up to £25,575 a year for support.

What DSA can pay for

You can get help with the costs of:

  • specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • non-medical helpers, for example a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or specialist note taker
  • extra travel to attend your course or placement because of your disability
  • other disability-related study support, for example having to print additional copies of documents for proof-reading’

You can read more here

This is also a resource for practitioners. There are sections explaining the purpose of DSA, eligibility, guidance on sandwich course and work placements, the different categories of support (general, travel, non-medical, specialist equipment), as well as outlining the DSA application & process.

Edmund Lewis, LSE Careers, AGCAS Disability Task Group

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