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Funding for support

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is a non-means tested and non-repayable source of funding to help meet the extra costs of studying that disabled student’s face. It is designed to help disabled students study on an equal basis with other students. Most students on a full time or part time course are eligible to apply. Your Disability Adviser will help you apply for DSA or you can find out more form from your funding bodies website:

  • Student Finance - England students: Click here for detail on how to apply
  • NHS students:  Apply through your online BOSS account
  • NHS Social Work MA students:  Apply through NHS Social Work Bursaries
  • Students Awards Agency for Scotland SAAS:  Click here for more information 
  • Student Finance - Wales students:  Click here for detail on how to apply
  • Student Finance - Northern Ireland students:  Click here for detail on how to apply

Where DSA doesn’t cover the full cost of your support, you may wish to apply for a Snowdon Grant. Information about this fund and how to apply for it can be found here

If you are a student studying on one of our apprenticeship courses, you will not be eligible for DSA. Please contact Disability & Learner Support to discuss your needs.

What kind of support could you be eligable for?

  • Non-Medical Helpers Allowance: to fund people to work with you, including study coaching, mentoring, British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. 
  • Specialist Equipment Allowance: such as assistive software or a computer if you need one because of your disability. 
  • General Allowance: for other disability-related costs such as photocopying and printing expenses, books and other small items. 
  • Travel costs: DSA may be able to contribute towards additional study-related travel costs incurred. 

The application process for DSA can take up to 3 months with no delays. If you are in immediate need of support, we may be able to provide you with interim support while you wait for your funding to come through please contact us

If you have been approved for DSA support but need to contribute £200 towards the cost of a computer or laptop then you can apply to the University for financial assistance. Click here and log in, to go to the 'Disabled Students Allowance Contribution Support' form to apply for support with this cost.

International and European Union (EU) students

International and most EU students are not entitled to claim DSA, but Disability & Learner Support may be able to help provide reasonable adjustments to ensure you have a fair and equal opportunity to succeed. 

International and European Union (EU) students are entitled to have a Reasonable Adjustment Plan; this can include support like extra time for examinations and help with presentations, please see making an appointment on how to book an appointment.