The Disabled Students’ Allowance

UK Students with disabilities may be eligible for extra financial support. The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a non-means tested grant, paid by Local Education Authorities (LEAs), designed to help meet the costs of extra study needs support.

When you have accepted an offer from the University, contact your LEA and ask them for further advice about applying for a DSA. As this process can take a few months, you are encouraged to apply early, so that all your support needs are known by the time you start University.

For more information, visit the DirectGov Disabled Students' Allowances webpages.

International students

International students are not eligible for DSA, and should contact the Disability & Additional Needs Unit for advice about funding. You will normally be expected to have funding to cover your support needs in place before you arrive at Aston.

During your placement year

If you are on a full-time paid placement you will probably not be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance for that academic year. Your employer may be able to apply for "Access to Work" funding to cover the costs of specialised equipment or support. For more information, visit the DirectGov Access to Work webpages.

If you are working on a voluntary (unpaid) basis in certain public sectors you may still be eligible for the DSA.


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