Course providers welcome almost 30,000 disabled students each year, meaning there’s already lots of on-campus support available. Most course providers have disability coordinators and advisers.
If you have a disability, ongoing health condition, sensory impairment, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), you may be entitled to a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). What this covers varies according to which part of the UK you’re applying from, but it’s designed to help you meet the costs of any additional equipment or support you may need, e.g. specialist equipment and non-medical helpers (e.g. note takers).
If you’re a care leaver applying for an undergraduate higher education course, you could get financial support, as well as advice, help settling into higher education, and accommodation all year round.
If you’ve been in Local Authority (LA) care, you can apply for financial support from your course provider or your LA, in addition to your student loan. This may be in the form of a bursary, scholarship, or grant. Contact your personal adviser, social worker or LA case worker for advice, or visit the Propel website for more information.
It’s also a good idea to contact conservatoires directly to find out what support they provide for care leavers – this information may also be available on their website.
Students not supported by their family (estranged)
Support is available for students who no longer have a relationship with their family and are not supported by them. This can include help with accommodation and finances, as well as health and wellbeing.
If your relationship with your family has broken down, and you no longer have their support (also known as being ‘estranged’), it’s important to find out what support is available. You’ll need to apply for student finance as an independent student, which will mean providing supporting evidence or speaking to an adviser, so start the process as soon as possible.
As well as student finance, you may be entitled to further support, perhaps in the form of bursaries, grants, or scholarships from your university or college, or a charitable organisation.
Students with caring and parental responsibilities
If you're responsible for the care and wellbeing of a dependent, you may be able to access additonal support, both financially and practically.
If you’re juggling your studies with the care of an adult or child dependant, it’s worth knowing what financial support is available. On top of your student finance package, you may also be eligible for additional benefits depending on where you live. Take a look at our additional funding page for more details.