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Loughborough University

Counselling and Disability Service

Disabled Students Allowance


Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) provide extra financial help if you have a disability, mental health difficulty, medical condition or specific learning difference, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. They are available on top of the standard student finance package, don't have to be repaid and are not means tested. They are designed to help meet the extra costs students can face as a result of their disability or specific learning difficulty.

Who is eligible for the DSA?

In order to be eligible for the DSA you will need to be studying on:

  • a full-time Higher Education course which lasts more than a year, or
  • a part-time Higher Education course that lasts at least a year and doesn't take any more than twice as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course (this includes distance learning courses)

You also need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of your current course of study.

You will also need to be able to provide documentary evidence of your disability, medical condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difference.

For disabilities, medical conditions and mental health difficulties, this could be medical proof, for example a letter from an appropriate medical professional.  Please find further advice on evidence needed to apply for DSA in our evidence policy here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cds/disability/cdsevidencepolicy/

For specific learning differences such as dyslexia, you will need to provide a copy of a diagnostic assessment carried out after you were 16 by an educational psychologist. If you need to have an updated assessment carried out please contact the Disability Office.

Find out more about the assessment process for a specific learning differences»

What can the DSA be used for?

DSA are revising the support they will fund for students, therefore for the most accurate up to date information you should refer to the DSA web links below. For example however, as of January 2017, DSA can look to fund a study support tutor, assistive software and ergonomic equipment to support managing a disability alongside the programme of study.

English students can find more information about the purposes for which DSA funding can be used on the Direct Gov website

Scottish Studentscan find further information on the SAAS DSA information website.

Welsh students can find further information on the 

http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/new-students/what-financial-support-is-available/disabled-students-allowances.aspx website.


How do I apply for the DSA?

You can find more information about how to apply for the DSA on the websites linked to above, depending on your nationality. 

How does the DSA process work?

How does the DSA process work?

Firstly, you will need to send evidence of your disability together with a DSA1 application form (available from the websites linked to above depending on your nationality).

Once your funding body has processed your application and established your eligibility for DSA they will write to you asking you to book an Assessment of Needs. You can do this at our DSA Assessment Centre or any other accredited assessment centre.

Once you have had your assessment, a report will be written making recommendations for support and sent to your funding body. They will then confirm the support which will be funded and explain how to go about arranging this. Find out more about the Assessment Process»

CDS Leaflet - DSA

How do I telephone DSA with a query?

Below are the numbers to call regarding student finance queries depending on your funding body;

Student Finance England: 0300 100 0607

Student Finance Wales: 0300 200 4050

Student Finance Northern Ireland: 0300 100 0077

Student Awards Agency for Scotland 0300 555 0505

There is also a free phone in Student Services you can use to call funding bodies regarding any aspect of student finance support.  Please ask at the Information Desk in Bridgeman regarding access to this phone.



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Disability Office

01509 222770 

Disability Office Query Form

Term-time drop-in

    • Mon 1230-1330
    • Tue  1230-1330 and 3.30-4.30
    • Wed 1230-1430
    • Thu  1230-1330
    • Fri    1230-1330

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‌Bridgeman Building (No 53 on Campus Map.  The number of blue badge parking bays is shown in the box next to the wheelchair symbol)

Epinal Way

Loughborough, LE11 3TU