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Continuing OU students - How to apply


If you are a continuing OU student applying for funding for the first time you can apply online, visit How and when do I apply?

How to apply

Continuing OU students who have previously applied for funding can only apply on paper.

To apply download the paper form and guidance notes:

As a continuing OU student you don’t need to send evidence of your identity.

Return your completed form to the following address:

Student Finance NI
Part Time Office
Ballee Centre
Ballee Road West
Ballymena
BT42 2HS

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You should apply within 9 months of the start of your academic year, otherwise you may will lose your entitlement to student finance.

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What if I have a disability?

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are available to students who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition for example depression or anxiety or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

  • What you can get depends on your individual needs not on your household income
  • You need to complete your course in no more than four times the time it would take to complete if you were studying full-time.
  • You can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances on their own, or in addition to other student finance
  • You don’t need to pay these back
Specialist equipment Up to £5,266 for the whole course
Non-medical helper Up to £15,703 a year
General allowance Up to £1,319 a year
Disability-related travel Helps with extra travel costs you may have to pay to travel to your university or college course because of your disability

How to apply

Step 1 – Tell us about your disability

Fill in the Disabled Students’ Allowances Application Form and return it to us.

These guidance notes provide extra information you need to help you complete the DSA1 form.

If you have completed or are completing your application for Student Finance and you also want to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances, you should complete the slimline version of the DSA1 form.

Step 2 – Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) will assess your application

If you qualify for DSAs we’ll send you a letter to let you know. You’ll then need to arrange a needs assessment.

Step 3 – You should attend a needs assessment

After the needs assessment you’ll receive a report outlining the equipment you’ll need, how much it costs and where to get it.

Step 4 - SFNI will send you a letter to let you know what DSAs you can get.

It’s at this stage you’ll get a letter from SFNI advising if DSAs can pay for any specialist equipment and other support recommended in your needs assessment report. We’ll also give you instructions for ordering equipment or arranging other support.

For more information on Disabled Students’ Allowances read our guide:

If you are an Open University student you’ll need to post your DSA form to the Open University Belfast office:

Disability Project Officer
110 Victoria Street
Belfast
BT1 3GN

You should post your ID documents directly to SFNI Office at the address below. Please ensure to attach a note to indicate that you are applying for DSA and your form has been forwarded to the Open University who will send it to SFNI on your behalf once they have completed the relevant sections. Please also give details of your home address to enable SFNI to return your original documents.

Student Finance NI
DSA Office
Ballee Centre
Ballee Road West
Ballymena
BT42 2HS

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