Ensure that you apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) and let us know as soon as possible so we can meet you to discuss what financial and practical help we have available to you.
The DSAs can help to pay for things such as travel, a note-taker or reader, study skills help, specialist equipment and other course-related costs. The support you are eligible to receive depends on your disability and not on your household income.
The application process for DSAs can take four or five months so it is important that you apply as soon as possible.
See the GOV.UK website for more information on DSAs. The Student Advice Team can also help with information about DWP benefits, including Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment.
If you are a UK student on an eligible healthcare course, you should instead apply for the NHS Bursary Disabled Students Allowance. This works in a similar manner to the regular DSAs but acts as a separate scheme.
EU and international students
If you are not from the UK you will not be eligible to receive the Disabled Students’ Allowances. However, we will do everything we can to support you and help you find funding to pay for equipment and support workers.
To help with this process, please investigate the following options before starting at university:
- If you have a sponsor, ask if they can contribute money to cover disability-related expenses. Some scholarships offer funding to cover such costs.
- If you are on the Erasmus programme, you may be eligible for grants to help you pay costs related to your disability. Speak to your Erasmus coordinator.
- You may be eligible for a grant from your own government, so contact your education department to ask what support they can provide. Governments that provide support include Eire, Jersey and Guernsey, Sweden, Netherlands, and Thailand, though others may too.
- You may be eligible for support from non-governmental organisations in your home country.
If additional funding is not available, we will work hard to meet your needs in the best way possible, so please get in touch as soon as you know you are coming so that we can begin to help you.