Information on the DSA
What is the DSA
The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding is available for UK students with disabilities (including dyslexia) who are undertaking full time courses in Higher Education. Part-time students, studying on a designated part-time higher education course are also eligible for DSAs, as are post graduate students. Nursing and Midwifery Diploma students are also eligible – there is specific information for Healthcare students. Open University students also have their own scheme. There is a very similar scheme in Scotland. The award is intended to cover any extra costs or expenses a student may have to meet whilst studying, that arise because of a disability. DSAs do not depend on your or your parents' income and there is no upper age limit.
These rates are the maximum you can get. They are meant to cover people with a high level of need. You will only get enough money from the DSA to cover the cost of the equipment or support that the LA or funding body agrees that you need.
Who to contact if you think you are eligible:
You should first have a look at the government's Disabled Students' Allowance web page where you can also download Bridging the Gap (320KB PDF). This leaflet gives full details of the eligibility criteria and how to apply and is the definitive source of information on the DSA.
Evidence to support your application
You need to show your Funder recent evidence of your disability (typically an Educational Psychologist's report or recent update). You will then normally go to an Assessment Centre or Access Centre who will assess your needs for equipment, software and support, taking into account the needs of your specific course. There is a Quality Assurance Framework for DSA assessment centres and assessors and the DSA Quality Assurance Group has a list of members that have registered and which you can use.
On receipt of you approval letter you need to place the order your approved supplier.
Once they have received the relevant paperwork they will contact you to arrange delivery and, if necessary, arrange to set up and install your equipment.
If you wish to upgrade any item that you have been awarded you may discuss your requirements with the supplier and pay any additional cost direct to them prior to delivery.
How to order your DSA equipment from iansyst
Send a copy of you Award Letter to us either by:
Once your order has been placed and confirmed follow these simple steps: