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Disabled Students' Allowances

The Sheffield College promotes inclusion at every level and we are dedicated to ensuring that all students have the support they need in order to succeed at college.

Disabled Students' Allowances

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Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) enables learners with disabilities and long-term health conditions to access support in a variety of ways, tailored to their needs in order to give them the best support possible.

About Disabled Students' Allowances

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are designed to help with extra costs you may face as a direct result of studying with a disability, a long-term illness, a mental health condition, a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia or an autistic spectrum condition such as Asperger's syndrome.

At present, DASs are only available for students studying on higher education/university level courses.

DSAs are not means-tested, so yours or your parents' income will not be taken into account. Getting DSAs will not affect any other benefits you receive.

You can use DSAs to support you with things like specialist equipment, travel costs or non-medical helpers.



In order to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) you must satisfy all three requirements below:


You must provide evidence of your disability or long-term health condition, such as a doctor's letter, diagnostic assessment or completed medical evidence form (ask our DSA Coordinator for a blank copy, or download one by clicking here).


You must be a UK student. 


You must be a one of the following:

  • a full-time undergraduate student on a course lasting at least 1 year
  • a part-time undergraduate student whose course lasts at least 1 year (and doesn’t take more than four times as long to complete as the equivalent full time course)
  • a postgraduate student studying a recognised taught or research course

For more information please visit the website to check your eligibility.

The funded support package that you will get is based on your individual needs. For more information and current figures, see the website.


Further information

If you are still unsure whether you may be eligible or for further information or guidance regarding Disabled Students' Allowances, please contact our DSA Coordinator:

Charlotte Hope