Students undertaking full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses, who have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia/developmental co-ordination disorder, dyscalculia, or attention deficit disorder can apply for extra financial help through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
The DSAs are grants available on top of the standard student finance, they are not means tested and do not need to be repaid. They aim to help students meet the extra costs they may encounter as a result of their disability or SpLD, and enables them to study on an equal par with other students. If your students have a SpLD they will need to take a relevant psychometric assessment and provide evidence about their:
- Attainments in Literacy
- Underlying Ability
- Cognitive Processing
- Attainments in Numeracy and
- Motor control and Visual Perceptual Skills.
Please note that since February 2019, students can provide a diagnostic assessment report from any age as evidence of their disability, but are still free to take a post-16 assessment should they need one.
Further information on the DSAs can be found at www.sasc.org.uk.