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Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) assessments


Disabled Students allowance (DSA) assessments are carried out from the age of 16 for

the purposes of support within Higher Education. These assessments are required by

universities/higher education providers and Student Finance England to provide proof of a

disability and enable financial support to be given so that the individual can compete equally with

their peers. This financial support is on top of any student loan and does not need to be repaid.



A DSA assessment is similar to a diagnostic assessment, although the report is written differently.

The assessments and written report are in line with the requirements of SASC (the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee).

Examples of the types of support provided include:

  • Laptop

  • Assistive technology (eg specialist software, reading pen)

  • Note-taker

  • Cost of photocopying/coloured paper

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