The Disabled Students' Allowance is a grant available to support students in higher education with the extra costs they may incur on the course as a direct result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia).
To be eligible, you must be on a full- or part-time higher education course (at least 25% of a full-time course).
Students apply through their Funding body; typically this would be Student Finance England. Nursing or Social Work students in receipt of an NHS Bursary should apply to the NHS Bursaries Office.
DSA is separate from the support provided by DDS, but we can assist you with the application process, although we cannot make any decisions about your eligibility for the DSA. To find out more, please visit the government's web pages.
Once you have completed the relevant forms you should send this to your funding body along with proof of your disability. If your evidence is accepted, you will be advised to arrange a Study Needs Assessment at the Access Centre.
There is an Access Centre at Middlesex University, so please come to the DDS office to make an appointment once you have received the letter giving permission to proceed. For more information, please visit the North London Regional Access Centre (NLRAC) webpage.
The whole process to complete the DSA application can take several months. We therefore strongly advise that you make your application as soon as possible.
Please be aware that the amount of DSA is limited, especially for post-graduate and part-time students. There may occasionally be some instances when the total of your support costs will exceed the amount of DSA available. In these cases it will be necessary to decide how the funding can be allocated in the most useful way. DDS will be able to help with this.
If you think that your support needs are likely to be complex, it is important that you make DDS aware of this as soon as possible so that we can discuss all the options available.