The DSA can fund 1:1 non-medical help support such as study skills tuition, specialist mentoring or British Sign Language interpreting.
Depending on your condition(s) the DSA may also pay for some specialist IT equipment, software and training.
Although students are expected to pay a £200 contribution towards the laptop/computer itself you may be able to apply for a reimbursement of these costs through the university (depending on your income).
Students who aren’t eligible for DSA will still be given relevant support by the university for example 1:1 study skills sessions or being able to borrow equipment such as a voice recorder.
If you have applied for a Student Loan and declared a disability on your original application, you will also be invited to apply for Disabled Students Allowances through the online system at the same time.
You will be asked to fill in an online form confirming your course and disability details. You will then be asked to submit copies of your disability evidence.
Section 6 of this form will ask you whether you are happy to share your DSA information with the university. Please agree to this, as it will allow us to support you better.
If you have not applied for a student loan, didn’t previously declare a disability, or prefer an alternative application format, paper forms are available to download from the government DSA website.
If you need assistance with your application, please get in touch with via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been successful in the first stage of your application for DSA, you will receive a letter from Student Finance England or your equivalent funding body asking you to make an appointment for a needs assessment.
This is an informal appointment which can last up to 2 hours and will determine what funding-related items or support you will need for your course. The appointment is carried out at a recognised assessment centre.
You can attend a Needs Assessment Centre wherever is most convenient and there are centres based around the country. There are five Needs Assessment Centres based in Sussex. In response to COVID, many centres are currently offering appointments online.
Find your nearest assessment centre.
Setting up support
It can take up to four weeks (or longer during busier times therefore apply for your DSA funding early) after your needs assessment before you receive your confirmation of funding (DSA2) letter.
This outlines the items and/or support that has been agreed. The letter will include instructions on how you can order any equipment and access support.
if you have any questions about this process get in touch with us.
If your funding is through Student Finance England, you will be asked to pay the first £200 of your computer equipment, but the university's DSA Contribution Refund can assist students whose household income is £25,000pa or less.
If you have had any non-medical helper support agreed, 1:1 specialist mentoring or 1:1 study skills tuition, we can help to arrange this for you if the University of Brighton is your recommended provider.