FAQ 2112
What is Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)?

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) is a non-means tested grant provided by the UK government on top of your other student finance and is only available to UK students. You don’t have to repay it. You may be eligible for funding if you fulfil the criteria. A disability for funding purposes is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, which includes studying and attending lectures. Any impairment will be considered long-term if:

  • It has lasted for at least 12 months
  • It is likely to last for at least 12 months
  • It is likely to last for the rest of the person's life

To be considered, the impact of your condition on your ability to study must be complex.  

Further information can be viewed on our Disability & Additional Learning Support (ALS) web page.  You can also contact ALS direct for assistance.