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How to Apply

Step 1: Obtain (if you don’t already have it) evidence of your disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLD)

If you are disabled or have a mental health condition, you will need a medical report or a written medical statement from a doctor, consultant or appropriate qualified specialist confirming the nature of your disability or condition. Your evidence should be signed, dated and on official headed paper. It should be recent evidence – though if you have a condition which is obviously long-term, this is less important. It should clearly diagnose your condition and indicate how your condition is likely to impact on your academic and day-to-day tasks. It should clearly state that your condition is long-term – e.g., has lasted more than one year (or is almost certain to last more than 1 year).

In the case of SpLDs (e.g., dyslexia or dyspraxia), you will need a full diagnostic assessment carried out after you were 16 years old by a charter or practitioner psychologist – or a specialist teacher holding a current Assessment Practicing Certificate. You will need to pay any assessment costs.

Step 2: Complete and submit your application form Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded here There is no deadline for applying for DSA but we advise you to apply as soon as possible to increase the chances of having your support in place for the start of your course. Use the DSA1 ‘short’ form if you are applying for DSA together with other student finance. Use the DSA1 ‘full’ form if you are applying only for DSA – or if you are a part-time or postgraduate student.
Step 3: Receive your eligibility letter If you are eligible for DSA, you will receive an eligibility letter asking you to arrange a needs assessment to determine exactly what equipment and support you need.
Step 4: Book your needs assessment To find your nearest needs assessment centre please follow this link We advise you to book your needs assessment as soon as you receive your eligibility letter.
Step 5: Receive your entitlement letter You will receive a letter letting you know if DSA can pay for any specialist equipment and other support recommended in your needs assessment. This letter will also give you instructions for ordering equipment or arranging other support.
Step 6: Order your equipment and arrange your other support Your entitlement letter will include the details of the company responsible for supplying your equipment. You should call the named company as soon as possible to arrange a delivery date and time.
Any other support such as note-taking or library support will be arranged by your Disability Adviser once your timetable is published by your department. You can discuss this with your adviser when you register with Student Disability Services.
Step 7: Start your course

Once your course starts you may wish to make changes to the frequency or nature of your support. If you have any concerns at all you should speak to a Disability Adviser.

Step 8: Reapply for your student finance in advance of each year of your course

If you apply for DSA together with other student finance, you don’t have to reapply for DSA each year of your course as long as you state on your main application that you want to continue receiving them.

If you are applying for DSA only, or if you are a part-time or postgraduate student, you will need to reapply for DSA each year.