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Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

As a higher education student, you may be eligible for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) which is a type of funding which provides extra support which may be required due to your disability.

DSA may contribute to:
- Specialist equipment and software
- Non-medical helpers
- Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability

For further details of eligibility, please take a look at the following link:
Please note, if you are a non-UK student you may not be eligible for DSAs. Please contact the Inclusive Support team at as we may be able to assist with this.

If you need any assistance in applying for DSA, you should contact your Inclusive Support Advisor or speak with the <i> by phone on 01772 895000 or email on

Please note, as of September 2016 Student Finance England have removed Disabled Student’s Allowance funding for roles previously referred to as ‘Bands 1 and 2’ support, e.g. note-taking and library support.

This change affects students claiming Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for the first time either because they are starting a new course or because they have developed a disability, specific learning difficulty, or mental health issue. However, Inclusive Support at UCLan does have a dedicated Wellbeing Ambassador Service that may be able to provide ‘Bands 1 & 2’ support for some students

Important Steps on Disclosure

So that UCLan can fully support you during your studies, it is important that you follow the following steps to disclose any disability, long-term health condition or specific learning disability. Once you have followed the below steps, we will be able to begin to implement support and reasonable adjustments on your behalf.

Step 1:

Please complete our online disclosure form and provide evidence.

Alternatively, you contact to arrange alternative means of completing the questionnaire. We also require sufficient evidence of what condition it is you are disclosing to us. For details on what is considered a sufficient evidence please view this guidelines document or take a look at the below table:


Evidence Required

 SpLD  Full Educational Psychologist report
Assessor has to be suitably qualified eg. PATOSS registered
 Autism including Asperger’s Syndrome  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Health Conditions  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Mental Health  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Physical Mobility problems  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Hearing Impairment  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Visual Impairment  Medical letter from GP or medical professional


Step 2:

Once you have completed the questionnaire please save it and send it as an attachment in an email to along with a copy of your sufficient evidence.

Why should I disclose?

UCLan is committed in removing any barriers for those with disabilities as far as possible. If you were to fully disclose a disability to the Inclusive Support Service, they would put in adjustments on your behalf to support you through your studies. Furthermore, you would be assigned with an Inclusive Support Advisor whom you could meet with if you needed to discuss or review your support. 

External Assistive Technology (AT) Scholarships

This AT Scholarship, supported by external companies who provide Global AutoCorrect (LexAble), Read&Write (Texthelp), MindView (MatchWare) and Audio Notetaker (Sonocent), together with their training partners, provide an opportunity to get the latest learning (assistive) technology for free. In addition, those with scholarships receive training and support.

Anyone in the world can apply and there are 20 scholarships available annually. If you have difficulty with your reading, spelling, writing and/or notetaking but are not eligible or do not qualify for Disability Students’ Allowances (DSA) or Access to Work you can find further details and application terms and conditions at