The Student Disability Service can assist disabled students to apply for funds to cover the additional support they require during their studies.
If you have a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), you might benefit from some additional support during your studies. This could perhaps be one-to-one support with a tutor or support worker, or some computer hardware and/or software.
If you are a UK resident, you might be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a fund to assist with the additional course related expenses specifically related to your disability or Specific Learning Difficulty.
Eligibility for this support depends on a number of factors. The Student Disability Service would be happy to discuss this in more detail with you. Further information can be obtained from the organisations listed at the end of this section.
You will need to provide the Student Disability Service with evidence of your disability or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)
You can check your eligibility for support - at undergraduate or postgraduate level of study - at the links below. Please contact us if you need any assistance or information about your eligibility.
In order to apply you must meet a residence requirement where “you must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course”.
The important eligibility section is half way down the page from the following link.
The website below describes the general process and eligibility. It also helps to identify the relevant Education and Library Board you should apply to.
If you are not ordinarily resident in the UK, you would not be eligible for the above funds. The Student Disability Service can help you find out what funding might be available. We also have a small budget to assist disabled students who have particular requirements for their studies but who are not able to access this support elsewhere.
If you are studying at Masters or Ph.D. level, you may have different funding options through a research council. Please contact the organisation or department that is funding you for further information. Alternatively, the Student Disability Service can help investigate your funding options for disability related support.
Please note that we cannot help with financial assistance for living costs and fees - the University's Scholarships and Student Finance Office can provide further information on this type of support.
This article was published on Jul 27, 2011