Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

If you are studying a University level course at Grantham College and have a learning disability or difficulty then you can apply for a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

DSA grants are based on your personal needs and not at all based on your income. The funds are paid to the supplier of support or specialist equipment which may be the college if you so choose.

Six simple steps to apply for a DSA:

  1. Fill in the application form. If you have completed an application form for Student Finance England and indicated that you want to apply for Disabled Student Allowance, they will send an application form to you. Or you can download a form from here You must send some written evidence of your difficulty/disability to support your application. As soon as you have accepted your place at college for a University level course you can apply for DSA.
  2. Find out if you qualify. Student Finance England will assess your application and send a letter to let you know if you qualify.
  3. Attend a needs assessment. If you are eligible for DSA you will need to arrange a needs assessment to identify the support available to you.
  4. Receive your needs report. You will be sent a report which identifies the equipment and other support you will need, how much it will cost and where to get it from.
  5. Find out what the DSA can pay for. Your funding body will send you a letter to tell you whether any equipment and other support that has been recommended in your needs assessment can be paid for from DSA’s. You will also be given instructions on how to order equipment or arranging other support.
  6. Receive your support. Your funding will be paid direct to the supplier of the equipment or service, which may be the college if you so choose.

The Learning Support team can help you with this process and provide you with one to one specialist support.

Grantham College is a supplier of Non-Medical Help (NMH) for students receiving DSA.  View our hourly NMH rates