DSAs are grants to help pay the extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. You don't have to pay these back.
How much you get depends on your individual needs - not your household income. If you’re a part-time student your ‘course intensity’ can affect how much you get. See further details of the maximum allowances available for students or look at the Guide to DSAs for more information.
You can get help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, like computer software
- non-medical helpers, like a note-taker or reader
- extra travel because of your disability
- other things related to your studies, like photocopying
DSAs don’t cover disability-related costs you’d have if you weren’t attending a course, or costs that any student might have.