You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a:
- learning difficulty, for example dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD
- mental health condition like anxiety or depression
- physical disability, for example if you’re partially sighted or have to use crutches
- long-term health condition such as cancer, chronic heart disease or HIV
You must also:
- be an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
- qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
- be studying on a course that lasts at least a year
Who is not eligible
You cannot get DSAs from Student Finance England if you’re:
- an EU student
- eligible for an NHS Disabled Students’ Allowance (this is a separate scheme)
- getting equivalent support from another funding source, like from your university or a social work bursary
Proving you’re eligible
You will not automatically get DSAs - you need proof of your eligibility.
|Disabilities or long-term health condition||A photocopy of a report or letter from your doctor or consultant - you can also fill in the disability evidence form (PDF, 496KB)|
|Mental-health condition||A photocopy of a report or letter from your doctor or consultant - you can also fill in the disability evidence form (PDF, 496KB)|
|Specific learning difficulty like dyslexia||A photocopy of a ‘diagnostic assessment’ from a practitioner psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher - you’ll need to get reassessed if you had this done when you were under 16|
You could get extra help to pay for a new diagnostic assessment.
Your course must be in the UK and one of the following:
- a first degree, for example BA, BSc or BEd
- a Foundation Degree
- a Certificate of Higher Education
- a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
- a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
- a Higher National Diploma (HND)
- a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
- a postgraduate course
- Initial Teacher Training
Check with your university or college that your course is recognised.
Part-time course intensity
For part-time students, your course intensity can affect how much you get.
‘Course intensity’ means how long your course takes to complete each year compared to an equivalent full-time course. You can check course intensity with your university or college.
The rules are different depending on your course.
Part-time courses that started before 1 September 2012
Your course must not last more than twice as long as the equivalent full-time course.
Part-time courses starting from 1 September 2012
You must study at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year. The course must last at least a year.
Part-time postgraduate master’s courses
If you’re applying for a Postgraduate Loan for a part-time master’s degree, the course must not last more than twice as long as the full-time equivalent.