What support is available

DSAs are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students

Full-time and part-time undergraduate students

Students don't usually need to pay DSAs back. If they leave their course early we may ask them to pay some of their DSA back.

The rates shown are the maximum amounts students can get in academic year 2017/18. They are meant to support people with a high level of need, so most people will get less.

We pay the allowances either to the people who provide the service or equipment, or pay them directly into the student's bank account.

Specialist equipment allowance

Full-time and part-time students can get up to £5,358 for their entire course.

This allowance goes towards any specialist equipment students may need. We (or the open university) might pay the cost of renting rather than buying items of equipment if this is more economical.

Non-medical helper allowance

Full-time students can get up to £21,305 for each year of their course to pay for non-medical helpers.

Part-time students can get a percentage of the full-time rate, depending on the intensity of their course. The maximum they can get is £15,978 a year,

General allowance

This allowance offers money to help with disability-related spending.

Full-time students can get up to £1,790 for each year of their entire course.

Part-time students can get a percentage of the full-time rate, depending on the intensity of their course. The maximum they can get is £1,342 a year,

Postgraduate students

For full-time and part-time postgraduate students there is a single allowance of up to £10,652 a year.

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