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Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA)

We aim to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to fully participate in their chosen course and university experience and encourage students and applicants to inform us about a disability, medical or mental health condition as early as possible. This is so that relevant support can be arranged for their studies and can include liaising with academics, the exams office and other key teams to ensure that all support is in place.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)  are Government support packages and covers a wide range of conditions and you could be eligible to apply 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. 

 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.  

What support is available at DMU?

Find out more about the help available and how the Disabled Student's Allowance supported a DMU student with her studies in this film for University Mental Health Day.



Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

How to apply for DSA

Disability Advice and Support

Wellbeing Team