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Document How do I apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)?

Students in receipt of an NHS Bursary should apply for DSAs through their Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) account.

Once logged into your BOSS account, you will see a series of links; you will need to click on the link titled ‘Apply for Disabled Students Allowance’.

Please note that this option will only appear after you have submitted an application for your NHS Bursary.

Once you have submitted your application for DSAs, it will appear as ‘Received’ within the ‘Activities’ section of your BOSS account. If no evidence has been received within 10 working days of you submitting your application, you will be sent an email to tell you what evidence is required in order to process your application.

However, you do not have to wait until you receive this email . 

After you have submitted your DSAs application, please send us recent medical evidence from your GP / Consultant stating the nature of your disability / disabilities which includes a brief explanation of how your disability(ies) impacts you during your day to day activities or a copy of your Local Authority EHC Plan (if applicable).

If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or similar, you must send us a full diagnostic assessment from a practitioner psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher.  The assessment must have been carried out after your 16th birthday and state that you have a specific learning difficulty to be valid.


If you have received DSAs before from another funding authority (for example, Student Finance England), you should also send in a copy of your previous study needs assessment report and previous DSAs award letter. If you have received DSAs before from NHS Student Bursaries, you would not normally be expected to send this evidence again.

Upon receipt of any necessary evidence, we will assess your application within 10 working days and 
will confirm the outcome via email.

Depending upon your circumstances, you may need to attend a Needs Assessment so that we can determine what help you require and how much it will cost. The cost of this assessment will be paid by us.

The Needs Assessment will be carried out by a person with specialist experience at an independent Assessment Centre or at a centre within your university. You will need to arrange this with the disability advisor at your university.

You should not arrange to undertake the Needs Assessment before you receive the email from ourselves as you will need to take the letter with you to confirm that the cost of the assessment will be met by us.

The Assessment Centre will submit a Needs Assessment Report (NAR) to us for consideration. It should also be signed and dated by the person who carried out the assessment.

We will consider the recommendations made within the NAR within 10 working days and send you an email / DSAs award letter advising of the amount of help you qualify for.

Students attending designated part-time courses which started on or after 1 August 2017

If you are attending one of these courses you will need to apply for any DSAs through Student Finance England as these are not administered through the NHS Student Bursary.

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