How to apply for DSA

Find out more information about applying for Disability Student Allowance.

DSA forms and guidance

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 have yet to apply for any other student finance 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

DSA in HE

Disability Evidence Form: this can be used to help get the medical evidence needed to complete a DSA form. This is completed by the student and their medical professional Disability Evidence Form

HESA disability codes

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