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Customer Experience Centre availability – 28 March

Our Customer Experience Centre will be closed from 10:15 – 12:30 (UK time) on Tuesday 28 March, due to staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Disabled students

If you have an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty, you may be entitled to additional support and funding.
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Take a look at our accessibility information for more advice on other features of our website.

Universities and colleges welcome almost 30,000 disabled students each year, meaning there’s already lots of on-campus support available. Most training programme providers have disability coordinators and/or advisers.

If you have an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty, it’s a good idea to contact your training programme provider to discuss what you might need as early as possible – even before sending your application.


Funding for disabled students

You may be entitled to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) for physical or mental impairments, long-term or mental health conditions, or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. This funding covers the cost of the support you need – e.g. specialist equipment and nonmedical helpers – like a note-taker or reader. You won’t automatically get a DSA – you'll need to prove you’re eligible.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 apply early.
  3. If you’re eligible you’ll then have an assessment to work out what you need – find an assessment centre near your training provider via the DSAs Quality Assurance Group website.
  4. Once everything’s arranged, the money will be paid directly to your service/equipment providers, or to your bank account.
  5. DSAs can take up to three months to arrange, so make sure you apply for one as early as possible.

Find out more about DSAs