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DSA forms and guidance
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DSA1 slimline 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 slimline version of the DSA1 form.

DSA1 slimline form 24/25

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

Full DSA1 Form 24/25

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


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 24/25

Needs Assessment Centre KPIs

The Needs Assessment Centre will allocate a student to a needs assessor when either:

  • A DSA eligibility letter and medical evidence is received or
  • A request from an accessability adviser has been received for a student eligible for BSO or HEA funding who has presented sufficient medical evidence.

The needs assessor will contact the student to offer an appointment for the needs assessment.

5 working days

Assessment report sent to Needs Assessment Centre.

5 working days from appointment.

Report is quality assured and any amendments requested in writing to the needs assessor.

5 working days from receipt of report

Needs assessor to provide amendments to report and quotes, if requested.

3 working days from receipt of report

Assessment report sent to the student with accompanying written cover note detailing that the recommendations cannot be guaranteed and may not be approved by their funder. Students advised to contact Needs Assessment Centre within 2 working days if they have a query about any element of the report. Report sent to funding body by Needs Assessment Centre.

2 working days or as soon as amendments are verified within this timeframe.

Complaints procedure

If you are unhappy with any part of our service, we would appreciate it if you would contact us to discuss it directly.

View our Contact details for staff and managers in Student wellbeing.

In the unfortunate event that you wish to make a complaint about the service, Ulster University has a Student Complaints Procedure.