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Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

Many young people with SEN and disabilities are able to go onto university with the right support.

It is not possible to have an Education, Health and Care Plan at university but students who need extra support at university can request help through the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

The Disabled Students Allowance is paid on top of your other student finance. The allowance helps you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability and doesn't have to be repaid. The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on your income.  It can take on average 14 weeks  to complete the DSA process, so you would need to apply as early as possible.

To find out more about the Disabled Student Allowance and the timescales and process involved, go to the GOV.UK website at the following link or call Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607.

You can also go to the Discover DSA website, which has been set up to explain more about DSA and has accessible videos.

Who to contact

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Student Finance England
0300 100 0607 or by textphone on 0300 100 0622
GOV.UK website

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