DSA Process

DSA can be funded by a variety of bodies including Student Finance England, Student Finance Irelenad, the NHS, a local council or even your university.

You can apply for the Disabled Student Allowance in 4 simple steps:


Step 1: Fill in the DSA application form

To begin, you will need to complete and send the relevant application form, informing your funding provider that you would like some support. Ensure that you include evidence of your disability, remembering that your application can be enhanced by providing information supplied by a health care professional.

If you believe that you may have a learning disability, you will need to complete a ‘post 16 diagnostic report’. This can be done through a chartered practitioner psychologist, or a specialist teacher with an Assessment Practising Certificate.

Please complete one of these forms:


Step 2: Are you eligible?

Once your funding provider has received your application, they will consider all the information that you have supplied and will send you a letter to advise you of whether you have qualified for the DSA. You should receive this letter around 2 weeks after your application has been received.


Step 3: Assessment

When you have received confirmation that you are eligible for a DSA grant, you will need to arrange a ‘Needs Assessment’. This will identify the support you require, whether it be in the form of specialist equipment and software or any other learning support you may need to support you with your studies.

You can find details of your nearest assessment centre by visiting the National Network of Assessment Centres website.

After your needs assessment you will receive a report that will identify:

  • Your recommended support
  • How much it will cost
  • A list of suppliers who can provide you with your entitlement

Your funding body will also be sent a copy of your needs assessment report for their assessment.  Approval can take up-to 4 weeks.


Step 4: Entitlement Letter

Once your entitlement has been approved, you will receive a letter from your funding provider which will include details of the specialist equipment/training you are entitled to, the amount that will be funded and the name of the company who will provide your equipment and support you. You may be required to make a £200.00 contribution towards the cost of your equipment, if you are, this will be stated on your letter.

You will be able to place your order at this point.

Take a look at ‘How to Place your Order’ tab, to see the process for ordering and receiving your equipment.

If you would like any more information regarding DSA, please visit https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas.