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How to apply for DSA? (Disabled Students Allowance)

pollynana Community member Posts: 4 Listener
I'm hoping to do a part time PGCert which is not eligible for Student Finance (it's around £3000 for the years tuition). I haven't done a DSA assessment yet, I can't work out how to even apply!! Is there any organisation that can walk me through the process? I'm so confused about what forms to fill out as it's not something I can do alongside a UCAS application. Thank you!


  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    Hello @pollyanna1052 and thanks for reaching out with your query :) Have you spoken to anyone at the organisation you'd be studying with about wanting to apply for DSA? 

    If they have a Disability Services department, or similar, you should be able to talk with them and get some assistance with the application process. Can I ask if you've checked you eligibility yet?

    Most details you need are on the website, it sounds like you'll need to fill out a DSA1form, linked here:

    If you have not applied for student finance

    If you do not need student finance, you can fill in a student finance form (form DSA1) to apply just for DSA.

    You cannot apply for student finance online once you’ve applied for DSA.

    Part-time students

    Fill in a student finance form (form DSA1) to apply for DSA.

    If you need a hand with anything further just ask, these things can be a real pain to work out!
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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 2023
    I would just like to add @pollynana that if something is missing when you apply they reach out to you and tell you what you need to add. For example, they requested I get a letter from my GP to evidence that autism lasts 6+ months. Although terrifying, the support is better than it seems once you get past this stage!

    If they are happy with your application, they will send you information requesting you to book an appointment with a DSA assessor in your local area. DSA assessments generally talk about the things you find challenging and explore a range of possible supports, mainly assistive technology but can also be people support, to reduce these barriers for you.

    Please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything else we can do to support you. Although I am no longer a student, I have recent experience with this and know what you are experiencing all too well  <3
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