The Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available to those, in Higher Education (undergraduate or postgraduate), who have a disability, on-going health condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.
The payments, which are given on the basis of need rather than income, are designed to cover the extra costs of having such impairments.
The DSA is given in addition to other student finance and does not have to be repaid.
To qualify, you must also...
The areas are covered by the DSA are:
Students will require proof of eligibility depending on the type of condition which may be a report from a suitably qualified Health Care Professional.
Disability Rights have produced information on funding personal care and study related support at university.
Other useful websites include.....
For England - Guide to student finances and loans www.gov.uk
Extra money to pay for University (low income)
Student Finance Wales - has a student finance calculator to find out what help you are entitled to, providing an estimate student loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries
The Scottish Government provide a free download"Helping you meet the cost of learning and training 2012/13 - Disabled Students" and a more up-to-date guide for all students: "Helping you meet the costs of learning and training 2013/14"
Student Parents for England - provide a calculator to check that your finances add up and sources of funding for education.
Student Luke Blaxhill has published a guide www.gradfunding.co.uk to help students find grants from the voluntary sector.
Martin Lewis from MoneysavingExpert.com has created an excellent summary guide for potential students and parents.
It manages to detail in just 20 points the facts and figures around the changes and how much you will have to repay in the future.
Martin Lewis also heads up the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information which provides independent information for students, parents and teachers on student finance.
The BFWG Scholarships are academic awards for women in their third year of their doctoral studies or part time equivalent.
The awards range from £1,000 with an average award of £3,000. Six to eight awards are given each year.
All applications are by email.
FfWG offers three types of Awards:
Application forms for all three awards can be obtained by e-mailing the Grants Administrator: email@example.com
The Foundation is an independent charity that works against social injustice by providing finanacial bursaries, mentoring and support to help disadvantaged students.
It provides bursaries to students in the adult and further education sector facing severe financial hardship that may prevent their progress to a degree course in higher education.
The charity helps a wide range of students with varying barriers to learning including those with a history of severe health problems, physical disabilities, emotional difficulties and aquired conditions.
Applications must be made by the student’s FE or Sixth Form College or Adult Education Centre. A college may only nominate 5 students a year.
2013 applications are now closed.
The Hockerill Foundation provides grants to support:
Full eligibility criteria for each of the grants and application forms can be obtained from the website.
The Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court in London provide financial support for disabled students or pupils of the Inner Temple.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need and have the propects of being called to the Bar.
To apply: Complete the on-line application form and e-mail to the Students and Scholarships Assistant.
Other scholarships and funding are also available from the Inner Temple.
The Reid Trust awards grants to women educated in the UK towards further training or research at an appropriate educational establishment.
Funding between 250 to 1,000 may be applied for course fees or in some cases for additonal support such as childcare.
To apply download and complete an application form from the website. Financial information and references will be required.
The deadline for applications is the 31st May with successful applicants receiving notification of an award in late July.
The Snowdon Trust gives grants to students who are physically disabled and/or have a sensory impairment.
Applicants must be in higher or further education and/or be in training for employment.
Their aim is that ‘everyone must have the opportunity to achieve their full potential'.
To do this they offer grants for all for those extra costs of having disability can bring, that can put barriers in way for someone in education. You can get help with funding for:
Grants that have between given are between £250 to £2,000 (£2,500 in exceptional circumstances). The panel that make the decision are made up of both disabled and non-disabled people who have a wide knowledge of different types of disabilities
Apply via the website - Click on ‘Get a grant'
The Student Disability Assistance Fund is run by the British Association of Health Services for Students in Higher Education (BAHSHE).
It provides financial support for the purchase educational aids such as specialist computer equipment, extra travel coats or support.
Before applying to the fund a student must apply for the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). A student who is not entitled to DSA or has been refused is more likely to receive an award from the Fund.
Applications are considered three times a year, on the first day of November, March and June.
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