Making the most of Disabled Students' Allowances

27 April 2020


During the health emergency, university students and staff are studying and working from home, while those who usually support disabled students with services such as training, study skills, mentoring, and notetaking have quickly adapted to working remotely and online.

However, this remote style of working does not prevent students from applying and being assessed for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) or receiving their DSAs support wherever they are. No one should be put off applying for their DSAs now, so that support is in place for the next academic year 2020/21. 

To help students navigate through this unfamiliar landscape, the British Assistive Technology Association has compiled a list of links to organisations with useful information on what is involved in applying for DSAs.


audio.png Government advice about the help you can get if you're a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability.


studying.png UCAS publishes a video on its site explaining how and when to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).


video-chat.png Once you have your letter confirming that you are eligible for the DSA you can approach an assessment centre.The DSA Hub enables you to make an appointment.


ereader.png The Student Room points out there’s extra help available to postgraduate students who have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition and specific learning difficulties.


smartphone.png Save the Student says the process is actually pretty straightforward – when you know what to expect.


laptop.png There are four allowances covering different areas of need, Disability Rights UK points out.


email.png RNIB explains that DSAs don’t have to be repaid and do not affect any benefits you may be in receipt of.


ereader (1).png Your university may be able to provide additional funding. For example, the Open University supports students who have reached the limit of their allowances.

ereader (2).png In this series of videos made by a BATA member, DSA students talk about their experiences.

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