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If you have an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty, it’s a good idea to contact course providers to discuss what you might need as early as possible – even before sending your application.
University disability advisory services give information, advice and guidance to disabled students and staff who support them. They can also help with organising study support.
Funding for disabled students
This funding covers the cost of the support you need – e.g. specialist equipment and non-medical helpers – like a note-taker or reader.
- First you’ll need either a letter from your doctor or consultant confirming your impairment or health condition, or a diagnostic assessment of your learning difficulty from a psychologist or specialist teacher.
- Then you apply for DSA through your regional funding organisation – Student Finance England, Student Finance Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency for Scotland or Student Finance Wales. It can take up to three months to arrange, so make sure you apply early.
- If you’re eligible you’ll then have an assessment to work out what you need – find an assessment centre near your course provider via the DSAs Quality Assurance Group website.
- Once everything’s arranged, the money will be paid directly to either your service/equipment providers, or to your bank account.