There is extra assistance available for students who have accessibility requirements. This assistance is usually non means-tested and available according to needs. Please note the Government has introduced a £200 contribution towards the cost of IT equipment. If you are from a low income household you may be able to get assistance from the University to help with this. Please contact Student Advice for more information.
Assistance from the DSA is only for costs incurred because of your access needs, which other students would not normally have to cover.
Full-time and part-time students can apply for the following assistance for 2016/2017:
- Specialist equipment allowance
Up to £5,358 for the whole of your course. If you’re applying for DSA’s for the first time you’ll be required to make a personal contribution of £200 towards the cost of any computer.
- Non-medical helper allowance
£21,305 is available per year for expenditure on items such as: personal helpers like specialist study skills tuition and mentors. The maximum is £15,978 if you are studying part-time and £10,652 if you are a postgraduate (non-PGCE) student.
- General disability allowance
£1,790 is available per year for miscellaneous expenditure, for example: photocopying, books and stationery. The maximum is £1,342 if you are studying part-time.
- Travel expenses
Reasonable spending on extra travel costs incurred as a result of the students condition.
If you are starting your studies in 2017/2018, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) through Student Finance England (SFE).
It is possible to do this before your course starts – and we recommend you do, so your support is in place as early as possible. If you need assistance in order to contact an Assessment Centre, please contact us.
Detailed information about DSAs is available at the Student Finance website.
Student Advice Contacts
Contact details can be found in our Contact Us page.