What is the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)?
The DSA provides financial help to students studying in Higher Education who have a diagnosed disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLd). The DSA funds different kinds of support which is administered by Student Finance England (or Wales or Scotland), the NHS, the Open University or a research council.
What does the DSA fund ?
You will receive support to assist you with your studies. This may include: specialist equipment such as help towards a computer, a printer, software and ergonomic aids; Non-Medical helper support such as a Study Skills tutor, or Mentor; a general allowance for consumables, such as books and printer ink.
How do I arrange my support workers (AT Training and Non-Medical Help)?
Once you have completed a needs assessment at an approved assessment centre, the assessor will send your Needs Assessment Report (NAR) to Student Finance and your college Disability Advisor. Once Student Finance have approved your support, they will write to you outlining who your equipment, software and Non-Medical Helper support will be provided by. This will be in the form of a DSA2 letter. If Daisy Training are listed as the provider of non-medical helper support, then please contact us. We will allocate you to an AT Trainer and /or Non-Medical Help support worker who will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.
The DSA Process
Step 1: Apply for DSA funding
You – Indicate on your UCAS Application form, or send a DSA1 form to Student Finance England (SFE), including evidence of your disability
SFE – Student Finance England will contact you with details of how you arrange a needs assessment at a local assessment centre.
Step 2: The Needs Assessment
You – Choose an assessment centre from the list supplied and make an appointment with an assessor
Assessor – They will assess you and send a report to Student Finance England
SFE – Student Finance England will review the report and recommend your support
Step 3: Arranging your support
SFE – Will write to you in the form of a DSA2 letter outlining who will provide your support
You – Contact the providers listed in the letter. Contact Daisy Training if we are listed as the provider of your Non-Medical Helper support, such as Study Skills, or AT Training.