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Disabled Students Allowance

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Need further financial support whilst you study? Disabled students allowance (DSA) might be an option that can help you with the extra costs whilst you are studying at university that are due to a disability, mental health condition, learning difficulty or long-term health condition. DSA is a grant which doesn’t need to be paid back; it is for help with the cost of special equipment, non-medical helpers, additional travel expenses and other disability-related costs of studying. It is not based on the income of your parents but instead based on an assessment of your needs whilst you are studying.


Who is eligible?

UK students that have a disability, learning difficulty, long-term health condition or mental health condition that are studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level and on a course that is a minimum of one year may be eligible for DSA. Applications can be made through your funding body; the following funding bodies offer DSA grants:

For part-time students applying through Student Finance, the eligibility is dependent on how long it takes to complete your course in comparison to a full-time equivalent course. If you are a master’s student then your course cannot be more than twice as long as the full-time equivalent in order to be eligible. If you are a part-time undergraduate student then your course cannot be more than four times longer than expected of the full-time equivalent course.


How much will I get?

The amount you could get is dependent on your circumstances, your funding body and the additional support costs that will be incurred during your time studying at the University of Essex. The maximum allowance for students in academic year 2019/20 is:    

Funding Body

Level of Study

Course Intensity

Specialist Equipment Allowance

Non-Medical Helper Allowance

Basic Allowance

Student Finance England

Undergraduate

Full-Time

Up to £5,684 for the whole course

Up to £22,603 per year

Up to £1,899 per year

Student Finance England

Undergraduate

Part-Time

Up to £5,684 for the whole course

Up to £16,951 per year

Up to £1,424 per year

Student Finance England

Postgraduate

Full-Time*

A single allowance of up to £20,000 a year

Student Finance Wales

Undergraduate

Full-Time

Up to £5,657 for the whole course

Up to £22,472 per year  

Up to £1,894 per year

Student Finance Wales

Undergraduate

Part-Time

Up to £5,657 for the whole course

Up to £16,853 per year

Up to £1,420 per year

Student Finance Wales

Postgraduate

Full-Time*

A single allowance of up to £20,000 a year

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Undergraduate

Full-Time

Up to £5,266 for the whole course

Up to £20,938 per year

Up to £1,759 per year

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Undergraduate

Part-Time

Up to £5,266 for the whole course

Up to £15,703 per year

Up to £1,319 per year

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Postgraduate

Full-Time & Part-Time

A single allowance of up to £10,469 a year

Students Award Agency Scotland

Undergraduate

Full-Time

Up to £5,160 for the whole course

Up to £20,520 per year

Up to £1,725 per year

Students Award Agency Scotland

Undergraduate

Part-Time (Figures for pro-rata basis at 50% full-time course equivalent)

Up to £5,160 for the whole course

Up to £10,260 per year

Up to £863 per year 

*The maximum amount for part-time postgraduates is less than that of full-time postgraduates

It is important to say that these figures are maximum amounts that a student can apply for and does not necessarily mean this is what you will receive as it is based on your personal needs whilst studying and that you should know that most students will often receive less.

The amounts given by Research Councils UK vary depending on the level of support needed but you can apply to your individual research council or get in contact with them to find out how much you can get.


Where can I go for support?

Sometimes having someone to discuss all the finances with can go a long way in making the process a lot simpler. The Student Services Hub located on the first floor of the Silberrad Student Centre can provide information and advice on what grant/s you may be able to get and let you know how to apply for them. So, if you are unsure if you are entitled to a grant or are getting a bit confused by the application then contact the Student Services Hub who can help answer your questions!  

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