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Document What are Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) and who can apply for them?

NHS funded students with a disability or specific learning disability may be eligible to apply for help to cover extra costs they incur whilst in training as a direct result of their disability.

These additional allowances can help with providing specialist equipment, non-medical assistance, general allowance and specific disability related travel costs, reasonably and necessarily incurred.

Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) are not means tested so no contribution towards the allowance will be required from your income or that of your family.

You can apply for DSAs providing you are not receiving a fees only award or are a seconded student receiving a salary and are therefore not eligible for a bursary.

Following the Health Education Funding Reforms, as a transitional arrangement students starting on or after 1 August 2017 who have been accepted on to a capped place on a designated part time programme will still be able to apply for an NHS Bursary but will need to apply for Disabled Students Allowances via Student Finance England (SFE).


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