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Students can be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances if they have a disability, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty, which affects their ability to study.

Health conditions and learning difficulties which qualify:

Students may be eligible for DSAs if they have any of the following:

  • A mental-health condition, such as anxiety or depression;
  • A specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia;
  • A developmental disorder, such as autism, ADHD/ADD;
  • A progressive medical condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer or HIV;
  • A sensory impairment, which could affect the ability to see or hear.


Other conditions not mentioned on this list may be covered by DSAs. To make sure if you are entitled you must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.

The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.

What can the DSA pay for?
How can Launchpad help?

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