Disabled Students' Allowances Postgraduate, Northern Ireland students
1. What are they?
It's additional funding to help students with extra essential costs as a direct result of a disability
This can include a long-term health condition, mental-health condition, physical disability or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
How much you can get depends on your individual needs and not your household income.
You can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances alongside any other available finance each year.
The quickest way to apply is to sign into your student finance account.
What can Disabled Students' Allowances pay for?
You can get help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
- non-medical helpers
- extra travel because of your disability
- other disability-related costs of studying
Disabled Students' Allowances do not cover:
- any disability related costs you'd have if you weren't studying
- any non-disability related costs
Does it need to be paid back?
No - Disabled Students Allowances do not have to be repaid, unless you're overpaid or leave your course early.
As part of your student finance agreement, you must keep us up to date with any changes to your course or personal details. These can affect your funding, including how much you have to repay and when.
Find out more
- A Guide to the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) in Higher Education - 2021/22 PDF (194.5KB)
- A Guide to the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) in Higher Education - 2020/21 PDF (257.1KB)