The main form of funding available to disabled students is the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a grant available to pay for the additional costs of studying that cannot be met through reasonable adjustments provided by the university.

What can Disabled Students' Allowance be used for? 


DSA can be used to help pay for specialist equipment and software as well as non-medical helpers such as one-to-one study skills support tutors, specialist mentors or sign language interpreters. A general allowance for printing costs and travel costs may also be offered. The DSA you are awarded, will depend on your specific needs.

If you are funded by the NHS, you first need to apply for a student bursary, via your Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) account. Once you've done so, you can apply for DSA online, also via BOSS. For more information, visit the NHS Bursary webpages.

Important to know:

  • DSA will not cover living costs, care costs or tuition fees, so it is worth exploring other opportunities for financial support.
  • You can apply for Disability Students’ Allowance (DSA) from the March of the year you will be starting your course. 
  • DSA will not cover living costs, care costs or tuition fees, so it's worth exploring other opportunities available for financial support.   

I need help with applying for Disabled Student Allowance

Our Disability Advisers can also support you when applying for Disabled Student Allowance, and you should get in touch to arrange an appointment. 


Important to know:

  • You can find out about DSA on the government's webpages.
  • DSAs are provided for UK students, but there might be other similar schemes for students from other countries.
  • The Disability Support Team has a fund to provide additional support to students unable to access Disabled Students Allowance funding.