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Student Support

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) for UK Students

If you are applying to do a full time Higher Education course and have a disability, mental health condition, ongoing health condition or specific learning difficulty for example dyslexia, you could be entitled to a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

DSA's can provide additional funding to give individual disability related support, resources and equipment.

It is imperative when completing UCAS or any other application forms to declare any disability. This will enable us to arrange any support you may require.

DSA is non-repayable grant that is determined on the individuals need not income

What The Disabled Students' Allowance could pay for?

You could get help with the costs of:

  • Computer Software or specialist equipment
  • Non-medical helper, for example a specialist support tutor or note taker
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability
  • Additional costs for example printer cartridges or photocopying

DSA's will not pay for support with day to day living for example cleaning, shopping or personal care assistance. You will need to contact Home Social Services Department for an assessment of your living needs including any personal care or help you will require. For further help and information about support for day to day living and direct payments visit

Proving eligibility

You will not automatically get DSA you will need proof of you eligibility. Funding bodies determine if you are eligible.

Written evidence, from a professional, is required from an Educational Psychologist or an accredited Specialist Tutor or Medical Practitioner (SpLD). This evidence will also be used to support any exam arrangements for example extra time or a reader.

SGS can support and advise you on how to get this evidence.

How to apply for DSA

DSA is usually provided for Higher Education students by the organization funding your course. If you are eligible for a student loan or fees through Student Finance England (or equivalent bodies in Wales) you should apply directly to them. It is a lengthy process and can take a number of weeks so please apply early.

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Student Finance

The cost of university life can add up quickly, but we can help you talk through your options, no matter what you're studying. We are here to help you explore bursaries, loans and grants to help you find out what you're entitled to.

We understand that it can be difficult to get understand the world of student finance. Be assured that we are on hand to help you make sense of what lies ahead.

We offer confidential and free advice on fees, Access to Learning Funds and emergency funding.

Key Facts

  • There are no upfront tuition fees.
  • You won't have to pay any fees while you are studying
  • You can apply for a student loan to cover the fees. This will be paid directly to SGS
  • You can also apply for a student loan to help towards your living costs
  • Additional non repayable grants may be available for students with dependents and for students with disabilities.
  • Fee waivers, non-repayable bursaries and scholarships from SGS may be available for students from lower income families.
  • Living cost loans and grants will be paid to the student in three equal instalments over the academic year. One at the beginning of each term.
  • Repaying student loans. You will only start to repay the loan after you have graduated and are in employment and earning over £21,000. You will repay 9% of your income above £21,000
  • You can apply for loans/grants through

Bursaries and scholarships

For most of our fee waivers and bursaries, students will not need to submit a separate application, as the information supplied on their UCAS application together with their Student Finance England assessment of household income enables us to identify eligible students.

Potentially eligible students will be notified once confirmation of firm acceptance of offers, and household income details, are received. At this point students will be asked for additional documentary evidence if applicable to them.

To ensure students are considered for any element of our package, students and their parents/partner must consent to share their financial information with us when they are assessed for loans and grants. If this information is not provided we will be unable to consider students for an award.