How to apply for DSA

Find out more information about applying for Disability Student Allowance.

DSA forms and guidance

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DSA1 slim line 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 slim line version of the DSA1 form.

DSA1 slim line form

Full DSA1 form: If you are applying for Disabled Students' Allowances only, or if you are a part-time student, a post graduate student or if you are studying your course by distance learning you must complete the full version of the DSA1 form.

Full DSA1 form

A guide to completing your DSA form

Guide to completing your DSA form

Bridging the gap: A guide to the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) in higher education


HESA disability codes

00No known disability
08Two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions
51A specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
53A social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
54A long standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
55A mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
56A physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
57Deaf or a serious hearing impairment
58Blind or a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
96A disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above