Are you eligible for extra support and funding while studying?

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) covers a wide range of conditions and is often overlooked by many students because of its title.  

Lots of people do not consider their medical or mental health condition a disability and will often not apply for the support that is available to them.  

There are many positives to having DSA support in place and it can provide financial aid in many different ways.   

You could be eligible to apply for DSA if you have a: 

  • Long-term health condition including crohns, sickle cell and multiple sclerosis 
  • Mental health condition such as OCD, anxiety or depression 
  • Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia 
  • Neurodivergent conditions including autism 

To be eligible to apply you must be a UK home student and on a course, which is also eligible. You can find out more by contacting or The Disability Team at the university can also support you with your application.

If you are eligible to receive DSA you could receive support towards the cost of lots of things to make it easier while studying at university. These can include: 

  • Specialist equipment, such as a computer or ergonomic chairs 
  • Non-medical helpers, autism and mental health mentors, specialist study skills tutors 
  • Travel costs specifically related to your condition 

If you are still unsure about whether you can apply this video explains who can apply for DSA, how to disclose a disability, the type of support DSA can offer and the next steps in your application. 

The DMU Student Gateway YouTube channel has videos with students who have received DSA previously and have some good advice for future applicants.

If you have not disclosed a disability to the university, you can do so by completing this form or by emailing and arranging a student support meeting.  


Posted on Thursday 10 March 2022

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